London-based fitness blogger Lucy Montain is here to remind us that there is more to a balanced diet that just calorie counting. Mountain likes... Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here’s Why

London-based fitness blogger Lucy Montain is here to remind us that there is more to a balanced diet that just calorie counting.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

Mountain likes to show that foods that have been deemed “healthy” — like almonds — often have as many calories as foods that have been deemed “unhealthy” — like candy.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

A handful of almonds have the same number of calories as a packet of Fruit Pastilles candy.

 

She makes the point that while the “healthy” food typically has more micronutrients, it’s not just about that or the number of calories.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

The salt-and-vinegar chips on the left actually have fewer calories than the veggie chips on the right.

 

It’s about eating what you want and what’s going to make you feel best.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

You can eat many more regular strawberries than dried strawberries for the same number of calories.

 

Mountain doesn’t believe in restriction, and she doesn’t think it’s necessary for maintaining a “healthy diet.” Instead, she believes in moderation.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

Mountain says there’s no need to cut foods like ice cream completely out of your diet.

 

“Moderation is key, and this will look different on different people depending on the person, their fitness goal, and their lifestyle,” Mountain said.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

Both of these pieces of toast are made with peanut butter; the one on the right just has much more.

 

She makes the point that no one food alone will cause weight gain. An excess of calories from any food can make this happen.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

Mountain says no single food will cause weight gain or weight loss.

 

Mountain encourages her followers to look at the big picture. “Having a chocolate bar in a day of well balanced meals and adequate micronutrients doesn’t suddenly make it ‘unhealthy,'” she said.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

Dark chocolate is often labeled “healthier” than milk chocolate, but it also has more calories.

 

She’s all about enjoying the foods you eat; regardless of whether your fitness goal is losing, maintaining, or gaining weight. She says she doesn’t consider any foods “treats.”

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

The bowl on the left is topped with blueberries, raspberries, and Manuka honey, whereas the bowl on the right has a banana, dates, and almond butter.

 

Mountain’s comparisons also show that small changes to a meal’s ingredients can make a big difference in calories.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

The salad bowl on the right has Parmesan cheese instead of light cheese, sunflower seeds instead of toasted oats, croutons instead of sliced toast, and Caesar dressing instead of homemade dressing.

 

These bowls contain the same amount of food, but the bowl on left was made with light cooking-oil spray and contains beef with 5% fat, whereas the bowl on the right was made with olive oil and beef with 12% fat.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

The meat you choose can make a big difference in your meal’s calories.

 

Mountain says there’s so much more than calories to take into consideration when looking at food. There are macronutrients (like protein and carbohydrates) as well as how filling and satisfying it is.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

The bowl on the left has strawberries, melon, and pineapple, and the bowl on the right has banana, coconut, and passion fruit.

 

She also warns that food labels can be misleading.

Calories Have Nothing To Do With Healthy Diet And Here

The smoothie on the left has protein powder and almond milk, the smoothie in the middle has almond milk, protein powder, a banana, and honey, and the smoothie on the right has all of those ingredients plus peanut butter and flaxseed.

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