Lesley Food 17 jul 2018

Deze foto’s bewijzen dat calorieën tellen niet altijd de manier is als je wilt afvallen

Afvallen is simpel. Je moet gewoon minder calorieën eten dan je er verbrandt. Dus met calorieën tellen zit je wel safe. Of niet? Fitnessblogger Lucy Mountain bewijst met haar Instagram-account dat calorieën ook niet alles zeggen.

Identieke maaltijden

Lucy toont op haar account dat veel producten die onder de noemer ‘gezond’ verkocht worden, vaak net zoveel of zelfs meer calorieën bevatten als hun ongezonde tegenhanger. Ook laat ze zien hoe twee identieke maaltijden heel wat meer of minder calorieën kunnen bevatten door het gebruik van een andere dressing of boter.

“Je hoeft niet per se minder te eten als je wilt afvallen. Kleine aanpassingen kunnen een groot verschil maken,” staat er op het Instagram-account te lezen. Klinkt goed, want eten doen we graag.

Het doel van de voedingsdeskundige is om mensen ervan bewust te maken dat ‘minder calorieën’ niet hetzelfde is als ‘gezonder’. Calorierijke producten bevatten vaak meer voedingsstoffen en het gaat niet over het aantal calorieën dat op je bord ligt, maar om het eten waar jij je goed bij voelt.


Als je een stuk chocolade eet op een dag waarop je verder goed gebalanceerde maaltijden eet, maakt dat je dieet niet opeens ongezond. Het gaat om de balans en die hangt af van de persoon, je sportroutines en je levensstijl,” aldus het genie achter het Instagram-account.

The OG has arrived. Spot the difference ?⠀ ⠀ Each side has the same amount of food but the left side has 550 calories less than the right.⠀ ⠀ I know I say the same shit every post but let's get my lil disclaimers out the way first because they're important:⠀ ⠀ 1. I'm v. v. v. aware calories don't necessarily mean 'healthy'.⠀ 2. However if you're looking for weight-loss/gain having an awareness will help.⠀ 3. Each day of food is just an example and not what you should necessarily aim for.⠀ ⠀ So let's talk differences;⠀ – OJ = Reduced Sugar vs 'Normal'⠀ – Porridge Almond Milk = Unsweetened vs Sweetened⠀ – Salad Dressing = Light vs. 'Normal'⠀ – Oil to Bake Potato = Light vs. Olive Oil⠀ – Tuna Mayo = Light vs. 'Normal'⠀ – Beef = 5% fat vs. 12% fat⠀ – Oil to Cook Veg = Light vs. Olive Oil⠀ – Yoghurt = 0% Fage vs. 2% Fage⠀ This is just to show you don't have to necessarily eat less food. Small swaps can make a big difference ? ⠀ (And yes I eat chocolate bars. The kind you get from a newsagents. And still consider myself 'healthy' ?)⠀ Left side:⠀ ⠀ Breakfast:⠀ – 40g Oats⠀ – 3 Strawberries⠀ + 200ml Unsweetened Almond Milk⠀ + 225ml Reduce Sugar Orange Juice⠀ ⠀ Lunch:⠀ – 1 Potato⠀ – 100g Salad⠀ – 1 tin Tuna⠀ + 15ml Light Caesar Dressing⠀ + Frylight Spray⠀ + 1 tbsp Lighter Light Mayo⠀ ⠀ Dinner:⠀ – 125g Golden Veg Rice⠀ – 80g Mushrooms⠀ – 60g Peas⠀ – 100g Chopped Tomatoes⠀ + 125g 5% Fat Beef⠀ + Frylight Spray⠀ ⠀ Desert:⠀ – 150g Apple + Grapes⠀ + 0% Fage Greek Yoghurt⠀ ⠀ Snacks:⠀ – 30g Almonds⠀ – 1 Chocolate bar⠀ + 3 Mini Babybel Lights⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Right Side:⠀ ⠀ Breakfast:⠀ – 40g Oats⠀ – 3 Strawberries⠀ + 200ml Sweetened Almond Milk⠀ + 225ml Orange Juice⠀ ⠀ Lunch:⠀ – 1 Potato⠀ – 100g Salad⠀ – 1 tin Tuna⠀ + 15ml Caesar Dressing⠀ + 0.5 tbsp Olive Oil⠀ + 1 tbsp Mayo⠀ ⠀ Dinner:⠀ – 125g Golden Veg Rice⠀ – 80g Mushrooms⠀ – 60g Peas⠀ – 100g Chopped Tomatoes⠀ + 125g 12% Fat Beef⠀ + 1 tbsp Olive Oil⠀ ⠀ Desert:⠀ – 150g Apple + Grapes⠀ + Fage Greek Yoghurt⠀ ⠀ Snacks:⠀ – 30g Almonds⠀ – 1 Chocolate bar⠀ + 3 Mini Babybels⠀ ⠀ #theFFF #theFFFeed @thefashionfitnessfoodie

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100g Milk Chocolate vs 100g 85% Dark Chocolate ? ⠀ ⠀ So it’s pretty unknown that dark chocolate actually has more calories than milk chocolate (and white chocolate for that matter.)⠀ ⠀ Dark is often given the label as the ‘healthy’ version of chocolate. And although calories aren’t the sole indicator of ‘healthy’, we just presume it has lower calories. So which one is best for weight-loss?⠀ ⠀ In most cases, Dark chocolate has less sugar, more fiber and more iron than milk. It’s basically more nutritious than milk chocolate.⠀ ⠀ Regardless, I will always go for milk for two reasons:⠀ ⠀ 1. I think Dark chocolate tastes like garden leaves.⠀ ⠀ 2. Chocolate isn’t something I’ll seek out when I’m looking to pack in those vitamins and minerals – especially in a diet that already consists of adequate fruit, vegetables and micronutrient-dense food ? I enjoy chocolate for it’s taste, not it’s nutritional value. My diet is inclusive of it always – no matter what my goal is at the time ?⠀ ⠀ For those of who genuinely love dark chocolate, keep doing you ?. However if you PREFER the taste of milk, but force yourself to eat dark because you've read it’s 'healthier', just have the milk chocolate and enjoy it ? In terms of weight-loss from a calorie perspective, it’s actually more beneficial and will raise happiness levels by 938% (unproven stat.)⠀ ⠀ Don’t eat things you don’t enjoy for the sake of it. Personal enjoyment is ‘healthy’ in my eyes ?? Which side are you guys?!⠀ ⠀ #theFFF

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Fruit and yoghurt vs. Fruit and yoghurt ?⠀ ⠀ Both of these bowls have 150g of greek yoghurt. Both of these bowls have 150g of fruit. However the difference in calories is approximately 300 calories.⠀ ⠀ I’m not saying the left bowl is any better the right bowl as both are full of wonderful micro-packed foods ?. I just wanted to show you guys how small changes to ingredients can change the caloric total ?⠀ ⠀ This doesn’t mean you need to weigh and track every last strawberry (lol). It just means if your goal is fat-loss, being a little bit more mindful of the calories in what you’re eating will really help when making food choices ?⠀ I firmly believe you should never cut anything out your diet you don’t want to. But I also know first hand how easy it to unknowingly remove a calorie deficit by eating something labelled as a ‘health food’ (Those coconut pieces came from a small grab and go 'snack pot’ but were 400 kcals ?)⠀ ⠀ Please note this post is not bashing fruit ?. This is purely from a fat-loss perspective and I’m fully aware of the lovely health benefits of ALL of the ingredients above (before ya’ll start throwing vitamins and minerals at me) ?⠀ ⠀ I want to highlight some small tweaks which could help those looking to lose fat with simple swaps ?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Left bowl:⠀ – 150g Fage 0% Greek Yoghurt (78 kcal)⠀ – 50g Strawberries (16 kcal)⠀ – 50g Melon (15 kcal)⠀ – 50g Pineapple (25 kcal)⠀ ⠀ Right bowl:⠀ – 150g Fage Greek Yoghurt (142 kcal)⠀ – 50g Banana (45 kcal)⠀ – 50g Passionfruit (49 kcal)⠀ – 50g Coconut (196 kcal)⠀ ⠀ #FFFoodForThought #theFFF

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Avocado Salad vs Avocado Salad ?⠀ ⠀ Both are the same size, both come with avocado, cheese, croutons and dressing. However the bowl on the right is almost 300 calories more than the bowl on the left.⠀ ⠀ It's easy to look at a salad and just think 'it's just a salad' -⠀ but small variations in the toppings and dressings can dramatically change the nutritional value.⠀ ⠀ Just look at your standard supermarket salad bar like Morrisons – I'd say only 50% of the offering is made up of greens and veggies. The rest is different types of pasta, potato salad, oily dressings and crunchy bacon bits.⠀ ⠀ This, OF COURSE, is absolutely fine. Some days I'll dowse mine in those bacon bits to the point it's actually bacon bits with lettuce on top. But atleast I know where I'm at ?⠀ ⠀ Anyway my point is, salads are a fantastic way to pack in lots of lavly micros but not all salads are the same. Being aware of the individual components of the meal you're eating AND how it sits in context to the rest of your day will massively help if weight-loss/weight-gain is your goal ?⠀ ⠀ Here's my tweakz:⠀ ⠀ Left Bowl:⠀ – Mixed salad leaves (100g)⠀ – Avocado (Half)⠀ – Leerdamer Light (20g)⠀ – Sliced Toast (Half piece)⠀ – Homemade Dressing (yoghurt + mustard)⠀ – Toasted Oats (5g)⠀ ⠀ Right Bowl:⠀ – Mixed salad leaves (100g)⠀ – Avocado (Half)⠀ – Parmesan (20g)⠀ – Croutons (25g)⠀ – Caesar Dressing (2 tbsp)⠀ – Sunflower Seeds (15g)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ (Lil tip: Most of the Pret salads are higher in calories than the sandwiches. F. Y. I.) ??? ⠀ ⠀ #FFFoodForThought #theFFF

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Aestheticzzz + health are two very different things – but this doesn’t mean they’re mutually exclusive.⠀ ⠀ There’s more to food than the calorific value, like getting essential nutrients.⠀ And there’s also more to food than getting essential nutrients, like personal enjoyment + fun + stuff.⠀ ⠀ Finding a balance between all 3 is definitely possible, but it won’t always be found in single foods or meals. Look to create it through a combination of different foods across a day or week???⠀ ⠀ So if you are chasing an #aesthetic goal, having a balanced diet which includes;⠀ ⠀ – More calorific, filling, nutrients-dense food can be useful (if it helps you create a deficit.)⠀ ⠀ – Less calorific, less filling, tasty af food can be useful (if it helps you create a deficit.)⠀ ⠀ There’s no right or wrong, or good or bad. Some foods will be more beneficial in their caloric value for body composition. Some foods will be more beneficial in their nutrient content for #wellness. And some foods will be more beneficial in taste for living your best life. ? Do what works for you friends and don’t feel guilty about it.⠀ ⠀ #theFFF

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