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Fitness blogger points out how 'healthy' alternatives to your favorite snacks WON'T always help you lose weight with startling comparisons

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 8/16/2018 Imogen Blake

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Graeme Tomlinson (pictured), 30, of Aberdeen, is known as The Fitness Chef on Instagram and wants to simplify healthy eating. He says that if you want to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit and it's as simple as that © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Graeme Tomlinson (pictured), 30, of Aberdeen, is known as The Fitness Chef on Instagram and wants to simplify healthy eating. He says that if you want to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit and it's as simple as that With dozens of diets all telling you different things and Instagram influencers preaching contradicting advice, healthy eating is not as straightforward as it could be.

But a fitness blogger is aiming to cut through the noise by creating eye-catching graphics he has posted online to his 113,000 Instagram followers, which reveal why your seemingly healthy diet isn't helping you to lose weight. 

Graeme Tomlinson, 30, from Aberdeen, who is known as The Fitness Chef, says that all you need to do to avoid weight gain is to track your calories and remain in a deficit.

His graphics reveal how some seemingly healthy items may actually be stopping some people from burning fat and losing weight as they contain more calories than you might think, despite containing more nutrients.

a screenshot of a cell phone screen with text: Tomlinson creates graphics for his 113,000 Instagram followers which debunk popular healthy eating myths. This one shows that a bag of Kale Chips contains more calories than a bag of flavoured potato Squares - and he adds that if fat loss if your goal, you must be aware of the calorie amounts in any food, regardless of its nutritional properties © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tomlinson creates graphics for his 113,000 Instagram followers which debunk popular healthy eating myths. This one shows that a bag of Kale Chips contains more calories than a bag of flavoured potato Squares - and he adds that if fat loss if your goal, you must be aware of the calorie amounts in any food, regardless of its nutritional properties

'The biggest problems that people who are trying to get in shape face are a lack of education and a mirage of false misinformation,' he told Bored Panda

He explained his approach in more depth on Instagram: 'A calorie is a unit used to measure the energy value of food. For anyone looking to alter body shape, understanding the relevance of calories and energy balance is the first and most basic step to changing their composition. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: Most people think that juices are much better for you than a can of fizzy drink but Tomlinson reveals that if you drank one bottle a day, you would consume 1,350 calories and a whopping 275g of sugar, compared to 411 calories and 99g of sugar in seven fizzy drinks. The juices will contain more nutrients, but if your goal is fat loss, you may want to cut down on how many you drink in a week, he advises © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Most people think that juices are much better for you than a can of fizzy drink but Tomlinson reveals that if you drank one bottle a day, you would consume 1,350 calories and a whopping 275g of sugar, compared to 411 calories and 99g of sugar in seven fizzy drinks. The juices will contain more nutrients, but if your goal is fat loss, you may want to cut down on how many you drink in a week, he advises 'So, claiming that one calorie is different from the next naturally confuses people. It is also irresponsible. Because anyone who has ever lost or gained fat in the history of human civilisation has done so from a calorie deficit/surplus.'

Tomlinson acknowledges that healthy foods can come with additional nutrients that have health benefits, which junk food will not contain.

a group of people standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Tomlinson says he wants to cut through the 'B.S' that infiltrates Instagram when it comes to healthy eating and fitness advice. The lean gym fanatic also posts 'instagram v reality' photos to show that being ripped is just as much about angles and flexing as it is about diet and exercise

Tomlinson says he wants to cut through the 'B.S' that infiltrates Instagram when it comes to healthy eating and fitness advice. The lean gym fanatic also posts 'instagram v reality' photos to show that being ripped is just as much about angles and flexing as it is about diet and exercise
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However he says that if weight loss is your goal, then it doesn't matter where your calories come from, you will still gain weight if you eat too many of them. 

He wrote on Instagram: 'Inclusion of protein, micronutrients and fibre improves the outlook on one’s overall health. But when it comes to ‘what happens to the calories consumed’, an avocado will directly wind up the same way as a tube of smarties. 

a close up of food: If you're on a diet, most people would opt for a potato salad over a bowl of chips but this graphic reveals that the salad will contain nearly double the calories if full-fat mayonnaise is used © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited If you're on a diet, most people would opt for a potato salad over a bowl of chips but this graphic reveals that the salad will contain nearly double the calories if full-fat mayonnaise is used 'The avocado may be more beneficial to overall health and satiate you for longer, but that’s nothing to do the the proportional calorie value of both foods and it’s direct effect on body composition. 

'Whilst it’s a good idea to feel satiated and consume nutrients, the notion that ‘calories are not equal’ is based on pure subjectivity and assumption. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: Most people would assume that a handful of nuts and dried fruit is healthier than two Kit Kat Chunky bars and they would be right, as the nuts and fruit will contain more nutrients. However, if fat loss is your goal, it's worth bearing in mind that the nuts and fruit actually contains more calories than two chocolate bars, so it may be wise to eat them in moderation

Most people would assume that a handful of nuts and dried fruit is healthier than two Kit Kat Chunky bars and they would be right, as the nuts and fruit will contain more nutrients. However, if fat loss is your goal, it's worth bearing in mind that the nuts and fruit actually contains more calories than two chocolate bars, so it may be wise to eat them in moderation
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'Calories in an avocado don’t get refunded because they contain nutrients as much as calories in smarties don’t make you fat. In simple terms of energy balance, it doesn’t matter where the 175 calories derive from.'

Tomlinson wants to make people more 'aware' of what they put into their bodies, and to enjoy all types of food, whether healthy or unhealthy, because he says even junk food can fit into a weight loss plan.   

Using carbohydrates as an example, he said: 'If you prefer white rice, pasta or bread, swapping out your preference for the slightly less refined version as a means to lose fat is pointless. 

'For fat loss, consuming high fiber food you enjoy is a good idea if you are aware of their caloric value, just as much as consuming lesser fiber dense foods is a good idea if you are aware of their caloric value too. 

'Above all, be aware, apply it to your goal and choose the food you enjoy most.'

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