Monday 16 July 2018

Think you know what calories look like? This fitness blogger aims to educate you

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

We all know that a chocolate bar and an avocado may contain similar calories but have a wildly different impact on our health.

And sometimes food that is labelled 'healthy' might have a similar number of calories to the regular alternative.

London fitness blogger Lucy Mountain aims, via her Instagram account thefashionfitnessfoodie, to enlighten us by comparing and contrasting various foods from ice cream to chocolate to breakfast biscuits and beyond.

Shoutout to the dinner ladies in Putney who painted my shells.⠀ ⠀ I don't know what's come over me recently but I am totes emosh. (I got watery-eyed when a lady gave me a free Diet Coke in Itsu today.)⠀ ⠀ Anyway I went to this #edgy London pop-up last week and found this shell top from an ethical fashion brand. She told me that group of dinner ladies in a local school paint them on their break, using cereal boxes as stencils. HOW CUTE IS THAT? Had to buy one when I found half the money goes back to them.⠀ ⠀ Yes to @birdsonglondon. Yes to women supporting women. Yes to just people supporting people.⠀ ⠀ (I also met the ladies behind @shethinx who gave me these cute black work-out shorts. Which you can see approximately 9% of here lol. We talked about business and the menstrual cycle. Ladies you need to go check out what they're doing.)⠀ ⠀ This is one for the #DoYouStories hashtag fo sho. 🙌

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If you're trying to lose weight (or indeed gain weight) it can be helpful to know that sometimes our supposedly healthier food choices can still be very calorific.

'Healthy Breakfast' vs 'Naughty Snack' 🌝⠀ ⠀ I've been talking a lot about labels recently, and I thought this would be good example of what I'm talkin bout.⠀ ⠀ On the left is a pack of Belvita Breakfast biscuits, on the right we have 4 digestive biscuits. One is marketed as a 'healthy breakfast' and the other is seen as a 'naughty snack.'⠀ ⠀ They're practically the same calories and macros, with the digestive biscuits being a fraction higher in protein and lower in sugar than Belvitas 🙄.⠀ ⠀ Yes, Belvita has an extra few micronutrients but only the equivalent to approximately 150g of spinach lol. Which one would hope you'd get from the rest of your diet anyway.⠀ ⠀ So yeah in short, buy Belvita if you enjoy them and they're working for you (#YouDoYou always 💕) but if you're only buying them because they're marketed as a 'healthy' breakfast, I'd argue you might find a better choice more suited to your goal.⠀ ⠀ (Digestives are also 60% cheaper #BargainLife)⠀ ⠀ #theFFF

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“My overall aim is to encourage people to stop viewing single goods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but instead look at their diet a whole across the days, weeks and months,” Mountain explained to The Independent.

“The word ‘healthy’ is completely subjective to the individual which is part of the reason why there are so many conflicting messages in the industry. A ‘healthy’ food to one person might be sugar-free when a ‘healthy' food to another person might be a low calorie snack that helps them with their weightloss goal.”

“Of course, calories are just one component of nutrition, but some many you’re consuming is something to be mindful of when it comes to weight management.

“That doesn’t mean you need to restrict everything you eat and ‘eat clean.’ I believe having a chocolate bar in a day of well-balanced meals and adequate micronutrients doesn’t make that diet suddenly ‘unhealthy’.

“I believe moderation is key and personal enjoyment for the food you’re eating is important.”

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.)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Buying 'Free From' food is like the Von Dutch cap of 2017. It's incredibly 'trendy' and it just shouldn't be.⠀ ⠀ There's an association that Free From = Healthy = Weight-loss. And it's just simply not the case. Just because something doesn't contain gluten or milk doesn't means it's any less calories or more conducive to your fitness goal.⠀ ⠀ 'Free from' should not be treated as an indication of 'healthier' unless you have a genuine intolerance 💪💕⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #theFFF

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Lucy is the marketing manager for SIX3NINE personal training and points out that it is possible to be aware of your calorie intake and enjoy a good relationship with food.

However, she admits the calorie counting method is not for everyone as some people find it obsessive.

"Even though I personally enjoy it, I regularly make a point of talking about why this method may not be appropriate for someone," she told Metro.

When she posts images of plates of food which look simlilar but contain vastly different amounts of calories, she says, "If your goal is weight-loss (and you are eating enough fat in the remainder of your meals for the day), making these kind of small tweaks can really go a long way. You’re still eating the same volume of food for fewer calories - and it practically tastes the same.⠀

"Equally if your goal is weight-gain, going for the higher calorie options will help increase your intake for the day if needed."

This fitness blogger's post about how we judge ourselves is going viral for a great reason

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