The liquid diet, the baby food diet, the raw food diet, people have gone to some pretty extreme lengths to lose weight, but even those who don’t follow the craziest diet trends and stick with plain ol’ healthy eating regimens, could be doing it wrong. Yes, one dietician is shedding some light on these ‘healthy’ plate mistakes by posting identical photos of the same meal but with an upward difference of around 300 calories.
The nutritionist, Paula Norris, has captioned the collection on Instagram ‘Spot The Difference’ and trust us – you can’t. Along with the high calorie and low-calorie photos she writes out the calorie saving recipes and general healthy eating tips such as portion control, focusing on healthy oils and replacing starchy carbs.
For Norris the key is attainability, writing on her page: “Ever since I studied Dietetics, I haven’t bothered with drastic diet changes to achieve goals because I know how short-term, unsustainable and depressing they are. Changes I make are small, almost unnoticeable and spread across days and weeks. Decreasing the serving size of energy-dense foods and increasing portions of low energy density foods has been key for me. A lot of small changes can add up!”
#1 Sneaky ‘Salads’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Unfortunately, calorie-heavy dressings, too much grain and not enough veg can result in a ‘salad’ with calories closer to that of a risotto. Here’s how easily it can happen, even with ‘salads’ of similar bulk…🔸On the left:• 1 cup cooked Pearl Barley• 70g Haloumi• 1/3 Zucchini• 2 florets Broccoli• 1/4 Capsicum• 50g Eggplant• 3 Cherry Tomatoes• 200g Poached Chicken• 1/2 cup herbs• Dressing of 2tsp EVOO and 2tsp Balsamic…
Unfortunately, calorie heavy dressings, too much grain and not enough veg can result in a ‘salad’ with calories closer to that of a risotto. Here’s how easily it can happen, even with ‘salads’ of similar bulk…🔸On the left:• 1 cup cooked Pearl Barley• 70g Haloumi• 1/3 Zucchini• 2 florets Broccoli• 1/4 Capsicum• 50g Eggplant• 3 Cherry Tomatoes• 200g Poached Chicken• 1/2 cup herbs• Dressing of 2tsp EVOO and 2tsp Balsamic Vinegar 🔹On the right:• 1/2 cup cooked Pearl Barley• 35g Haloumi• 2/3 Zucchini• 5 florets Broccoli• 1/2 Capsicum• 100g Eggplant• 5 Cherry Tomatoes• 100g Poached Chicken• 1/2 cup herbs• Dressing of 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar and 2tsp seeded mustard
#2 Both Of These Meals Are Healthy But Depending On Your Goals You May Make Some Modifications For More Or Less Calories⠀
Both of these meals are healthy but depending on your goals you may make some modifications to more or fewer calories. This one is also important as while good fats are of course amazing for and required by our bodies- the calories can add up. So if you’re trying to move some weight you need to be aware of portions of even good fats. 🔸On the left • Large (220g) Salmon fillet (when raw)• 2tsp oil for pan frying• 1 serve (~200g) soba noodles• 1 Tbsp Edamame • 1/4 carrot – julienned• 1/2 cup cooked spinach• 25g Broccoli (~2 florets)• 1/2 medium Avocado 🥑 • 1 tsp lime juice • 1/4 cup basil• 1/2 tsp sesame seeds 🔹On the right:• Small (150g) Salmon fillet (when raw) baked without added fat • 1/3 serve (~70g) soba noodles• 2 Tbsp Edamame• 1/2 carrot – julienned• 3/4 cup cooked spinach• 50g Broccoli (~2 florets)• 2 cherry tomatoes• 1/4 medium Avocado 🥑 • 1 tsp lime juice• 1/4 cup basil• 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
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