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A fitness blogger shares healthy and unhealthy foods comparisons

British fitness blogger Lucy Mountain compares ‘healthy’ snacks to naughty treats to prove how they often contain virtually the samr number of calories (and she says it shows that you should just eat what you want).

Her instagram account features food comparisons that are meant to encourage people to stop viewing foods as “healthy” or “unhealthy.” With them, Lucy proves that our idea of what makes a healthy snack is totally skewed — and that often junk food isn’t that much worse.

Mountain posts Instagram pictures of crisps next to the same snack made from root vegetables, and vitamin-enriched breakfast biscuits next to a packet of McVitie’s to show how these treats often contain a very similar number of calories.

Her aim is to teach people that they can eat what they want – whether it’s a handful of Fruit Pastilles or a handful of almonds – and still get the body they desire if they put their food choices into the context of a mostly healthy lifestyle and pay attention to portion sizes.

When you next go out shopping for food, consider the items on this shopping list, especially if you’re keen to follow a lectin free diet!

A handful of almonds vs. A packet of fruit pastels

“Many would choose the almonds for the nutritional value or the flavour – which is totally fine. Many would choose the almonds because even though they’d prefer Fruit Pastels, almonds would make them feel more ‘on track’ mentally – which again, is totally fine… When the majority of my diet has consisted of well-balanced food that’s full of micronutrients, I have no issue eating something that’s less so just because I love the taste of it. This is just a personal choice… ‘Healthy’ to me is exactly what I make it. And Fruit Pastels (in moderation) make me happy which I believe contributes largely to my overall health.”

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.”

Three smoothies

“All three of these are smoothies. However depending on the ingredients thrown in, the calorie content varies pretttttty massively. Here’s the breakdown”:?
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1. 130 kcal:

  • 300ml almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein?

2. 296 kcals:

  • 300ml almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp honey

3. 500 kcals:

  • 300ml almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed

“Each of these bowls contain 1 bag (40g) of crisps. The bowl on the left are salt and vinegar, the bowl on the right are mixed root vegetable. Although the difference in calories is pretty minuscule, you’d expect the vegetable crisps to be considerably less calories right? This is just another little reminder that often there’s not much difference between the product marketed as the ‘healthy alternative’ and the real thing. So go for the thing you actually WANT to eat.”

Water vs Water

“These ‘Touch of Fruit’ guys totally got me a couple of months ago when I focusing on trying to get a little bit leaner. I just didn’t expect my water to have calories, I felt so betrayed lol.”

Twix

“And yes, I eat Twix’s – even when I’m working towards a fat-loss goal. I just make sure it compliments the rest of my diet for the day… BOTH sides of it.”

White americano vs Flat white

“It’s often surprising how many calories are in coffees and hot drinks – a large Starbucks Flat White is 290 calories and a latte is 300. If weight-loss is your goal, a simple swap like ordering a white americano instead will save you 250 calories ? If you did this everyday, you’d save 1,750 calories across a week which will have a great impact for such a small change.”

Toast and butter vs. Toast and butter

“The difference being 96 calories and a couple of pats of butter. This is a more extreme example (one would hope) because the thought of THIS level of butter makes me feel super weird lol. But this is just to show you how it can all add up.”

Milk chocolate vs Raw cacao chocolate

“One is vegan, one contains dairy. One has a faction less calories, one has slightly less protein. One has a slightly more calcium, one has slightly less sugar.”

Solero ice cream vs. Magnum ice cream

“Solero Ice Cream vs. Magnum Ice Cream. Both creamy af. Both delicious af. One is just 150 kcals more. If your goal is weightloss, the Solero could be a good swap for the ole classic Magnum (if it helps you stick to stay in a calorie deficit.)”

100g Milk chocolate vs. 100g Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Milk-Free chocolate

“Reasons to buy the Free From Chocolate:

  1. You are lactose intolerant.
  2. You are very gluten/wheat intolerant.
  3. You prefer the taste of it.
  4. It suits your moral stance.

Reasons to not buy the Free From chocolate:

  1. If your goal is weight-loss and you think this will help.
  2. It tastes truly awful. (IMO of course hunz.)”

Fatloss food vs. Fattening food

“I’m a firm advocate of everything in moderation, no matter what my fitness goal might be. Fat-loss, muscle-gain, maintenance or no-goal-whatsoever . Because it’s in our nature to want to give things labels, it can be really hard to see food without associating it as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘healthy’, ‘unhealthy’. It also doesn’t help when the media is constantly reinforcing this in order to get more clicks (hi coconut-oil gate.)”

Someone who tracks their calories vs. Someone who doesn’t

“There’s no difference because the method you choose (if any) does not solely dictate the food you consume.”

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