This Instagram Account Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew About Calories

If you thought cutting out food ALWAYS meant cutting those calories (or vice-versa) — you're wrong!

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Counting calories on an app, scanning through a plethora of websites to find the 'right' food that will boost weight loss, gazing wistfully at the brightly illuminated dessert counter at your fave bakery but only to kill your craving—you know you've done it all.

With the aid of various tools that we are blessed with today, we (by that, we mean people who are moving towards fitness) are gradually moving towards counting our daily calorie intake in an attempt (successful or unsuccessful, that depends though) to monitor our amplifying waist-line — ultimately scrapping off certain foods from our diet. A fitness Instagrammer Lucy Mountain, however, is trying to open our eyes to the reality of it all.

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To help us understand better, Lucy recently started a second Instagram feed, 'TheFFFeed', where she posts a series of food-related pictures which have given us a whole lot of perspective on calories, and what it means to count them.

Lucy is pretty clear on her point — even when she says that "lesser calories" does not necessarily imply "healthy", she still advocates that awareness plays a major role in weight loss or gain.

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Now this works both ways. Just like the quantum of calories in something is not necessarily indicative of how healthy it is, similarly you don't always need to cut down on portion sizes to minimise calories. She tries to demonstrate this very fact through a series of posts on her feed —prepare to get startled.

A handful of Almonds vs. A packet of Fruit Pastels 🍬⠀ ⠀ Both snacks have the same calories. Which one would you pick?⠀ ⠀ Occasionally I’m the left hand, but mostly I’m the right hand. (I know, shocking. A person who considers themselves into health and fitness eats sweets - and is openly talking about it on social media.) 🌝🌝🌝⠀ ⠀ You see, although I’m fully aware that a handful of almonds contains lots of wonderful nutrients that would keep me fuller for longer, some days (no matter whether I’m looking to gain, maintain or lose weight) I’ll choose to eat sweets or a chocolate bar as a snack 💪⠀ ⠀ Why? Because when the majority of my diet has consisted of well-balanced food that’s full of micronutrients, I have no issue eating something thats less so just because I love the taste of it. This is just a personal choice. Cutting out things I love isn’t realistic for me so I always squeeze something sweet into my days (all whilst still sticking to my calorie/macro/micro targets.)⠀ ⠀ 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 💕⠀ ⠀ I’m not glorifying sweets, or almonds for that matter. I’m glorifying knowing what’s in the food you’re eating, and make educated decisions based on your own values. And I value food that’s good for my body and good for my soul.⠀ ⠀ ‘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 🙌⠀ ⠀ #FFFoodForThought #theFFF

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While Lucy posts a handful of almonds in one picture, and a handful of fruit pastilles in the other by its side, she points out that they contain equal calories. She quotes,

"I'm fully aware that a handful of almonds contains lots of wonderful nutrients that would keep me fuller for longer, but some days (no matter whether I'm looking to gain, maintain or lose weight) I'll choose to eat sweets or a chocolate bar as a snack. Why? Because when the majority of my diet has consisted of well-balanced food that's full of micro nutrients, I have no issue eating something that's less so just because I love the taste of it."

In a simple comparison, Lucy objectively and realistically emphasises that we need not obsess over calories, but instead seek a balanced diet. Also, she compares two foods which look absolutely identical to the naked eye, but have a striking contrast when it comes to their calorie-intake!

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Lucy explains that the only differences leading to the almost-200-calorie-discrepancy are "the percentage of fat in the meat and the oil used to cook it." According to her, the body needs both fat and calories as fuel and hence, making a simple swap could take help weight management, as long as the fat requirement of the body is met via other meals of the day.

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Negligible swaps in ingredients here and there along with a tad bit of portion control, could lead to massively substantial differences in the calories consumed. Like this —

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Lucy also helps suggest alternatives that are equally yum, but you never knew were lower in calories.

By running a second account dedicated to creating awareness about food and nutrition, fitness enthusiast Lucy endeavours to make people less conscious of their culinary choices, and to not over-stress on their weight-loss diets. Through each post, Lucy is trying to tell people that in the end — they should just follow their hearts, and never let anyone project their own issues onto them.

This was meant to be a post comparing Nutella and Meridian's Cocoa Peanut Butter. However I am typing this as I sit here in Cafe Nero, having just had my drinks order criticised by the customer behind me. ⠀ ⠀ ‘I bet you feel very virtuous don’t you, having sugar-free syrup. You know you shouldn't actually be having that. Or any syrup for that matter. Sugar is the white devil and it’s killing us.’⠀ ⠀ The first 3 things that enter my mind; ⠀ ⠀ 1. OMG this guy is hilarious. He must have seen my Instagram lolololol.⠀ 2. Okay he’s actually not joking.⠀ 3. Who on earth is he to impose his sensationalised beliefs on me and my Iced Americano?⠀ ⠀ His complete lack of social boundaries would have infuriated me more if his language didn’t tell me so much about his own negative relationship with food;⠀ ‘The devil’⠀ ‘Killing us’⠀ ‘You shouldn’t’⠀ ’Feel virtuous’⠀ ⠀ So rather than wasting my energy on him, I smiled politely, walked away and sat down to write this post to remind you to never let anyone project their own issues onto you.⠀ ⠀ We all have different values, views and preferences. And thats okay. What’s not okay is directly belittling others if it doesn’t match yours.⠀ ⠀ (Sorry if you only came for the Nutella vs PB comparison and had to endure the above 🌝🌝🌝 Actual real life comparison is up on the @theFFFeed lol.)⠀ ⠀ #theFFF

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Talk about some perspective on calories, eh?

What do you think?

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