This Fitness Blogger Is Using Images Of Snacks To Change The Way You Think About Calories

A British fitness blogger called Lucy Mountain has gone to great lengths to change people’s mindset about weight loss and calories. She has single-handedly created her own little project equipped with shocking visual aids in order to show people that healthy foods aren’t necessarily low in calories.

Lucy made side-by-side images of supposedly healthy foods and unhealthy foods in order to put to bed the incredibly false ideas we have about calories. Her message is simple; anyone thinking of improving their health by cutting out junk food needs to be aware that it’s only when people heavily indulge in these foods that they’re doing their health a disservice. She also wants people to recognize that there are a lot of calories hidden in so-called “healthy foods”. In fact, these “healthy foods” could be a lot worse for you than you realize…

“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.”

So, how many calories are hiding in your post-workout treats?

1. You’d think fruit pastels would contain far more calories, but nuts are very rich in fats..


2. Counting calories has little impact on what we actually eat

3. These salads both contain avocado, cheese, croutons and salad dressing…

This next picture dispels the myths our society has created about “healthy versions” of unhealthy foods. Prepare to be shocked at the number of calories in the “healthy” version…

These days, we are very aware of the obesity crisis, and so strive to fight against weight gain. However, we may be going about it the wrong way…

4. Vegetable chips were created purely as a way to dupe people into thinking they’re a healthy alternative to potato chips

5. Portion size doesn’t determine the number of calories

6. You should really be mindful of what you put in your milk to make it more palatable

7. Milk chocolate is very high in calories, but that doesn’t mean opting for dark chocolate is the solution

This simple but effective image shows us just how important it is to eat foods that are heavy in fat in moderation…

Once we have a certain belief about foods and calories, that we have perhaps learnt as children, it’s hard to shake it off, even when we’re educated on just how false it really is!

8. Don’t go overboard on the amount of butter you use…

9. Wheat-free, milk-free, gluten-free chocolate is certainly not free of a load of calories

10. We wrongly put foods into two strict categories

11. The cookies on the left are marketed as healthy, but in reality they’re still very high in calories

Ice cream has a load of calories – we all know that. However, you may be surprised at the calorie difference in these two frozen ice creams…

We think we know roughly how many calories there are in unhealthy foods, but neglect to realize that so-called healthy foods can be just as calorific if not more.

12. Magnum ice cream has more than twice the amount of calories as Solero

13. Attention Starbucks addicts considering weight loss: White Americanos are your best bet

14. Be warned, when Twix says one serving is 125 calories, they don’t mean the whole chocolate bar…

15. There are some people who can’t stand the taste of water, but they’re wrong if they think this is a good alternative…

We should definitely be mindful of what it is we are consuming, but also realize that there are a number of false beliefs and assumptions out there about the amount of calories there are in some foods compared to those in the other foods. This will ultimately save us a great deal of hassle when we start our journey toward health and fitness.

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