15+ surprising food comparisons from a nutrition coach that destroy dieting myths – do you agree with him

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According to personal trainer & nutrition coach Graeme Tomlinson, people can lose fat or build muscle by eating foods they enjoy, as opposed to following a restrictive diet. Nutrition, however, is a complicated and tricky topic, and anyone can get confused in the abundance of the information surrounding it. To clear things up, Tomlinson is educating his followers one Instagram post at a time, debunking a lot of popular myths along the way.

«I’ve been interested in fitness and nutrition since I was young — I used to play semi-professional cricket,» The Fitness Chef told abrozzi. Now, it has already been 5 years since Tomlinson became a professional personal trainer & nutrition coach. The man also creates recipes for Men’s Health.

«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 added. Tomlinson thinks that the best way to tackle them is surrounding yourself with evidence-based information. Thus, the motto of his nutrition beliefs, «Evidence-based. Simple. No B.S.» Continue scrolling to check out his visual arguments, and you will definitely understand calories a little better.

#1 Food Industry

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It is possible to consume balanced, nutritious food on a budget, but in 2018 it’s becoming ever more difficult when it comes to doing the same with convenience food. This is compounded by the fact that we rely on convenience more than ever — commuting, travel, time constraints etc… Why is there such a price difference? Do supermarkets want us to be unhealthy? Do they want us to get fat?…

#2 Here We Are Again. Talking About Obesity

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Here we are again. Talking about obesity. And why it continues to rise in the UK (and the rest of the world). But more specifically in this case, how f*cked up we have become in our proposed solution to it. Irrational cherry picking and outright lies are vomited into our mainstream media every day. The latest installment of the former was last week on BBC 1. Apparently carbs are bad…

#3 Here We Are Again. Putting To Bed False Perceptions On Fat Loss

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Here we are again. Putting to bed false perceptions on fat loss. The idea that food type defines whether fat loss occurs or not… Describing misplaced concepts about quality ingredients as a means to manage or change body composition.. Consumption of nutrients and quality ingredients is vital for optimal health and there is no doubt that the two juices on the left contain an abundance of nutrients. But they also contain…

#4 We Know That Hydration And Vitamins Are Two Things Beneficial To Us

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Given that their product is named ‘vitamin water’, one would assume that the main benefit of drinking it would be; hydration and consumption of vitamins. We know that hydration and vitamins are two things beneficial to us, so you can foresee the attraction towards such a drink. It’s a drink that should improve our health. In fact, one would be forgiven in assuming that this beverage is a better choice…

#5 Nutritionally Speaking, Snacking On Fruit Is Better Than Snacking On Processed Foods Of Less

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Nutritionally Speaking, Snacking On Fruit Is Better Than Snacking On Processed Foods Of Less Nutritional Value For A Multitude Of Reasons. Nutrients. Hydration. Fibre. Vitamins… To Name A Few Reasons
Nutritionally speaking, snacking on fruit is better than snacking on processed foods of less nutritional value for a multitude of reasons. Nutrients. Hydration. Fibre. Vitamins… to name a few reasons. However, the term ‘fruit’ should not be confused with ‘dried fruit’ or further modified fruit such as these banana chips. This is because the calorie and sugar properties can be very different from the fresh versions. Why are the banana…

#6 You’re In The Supermarket. You Walk Precariously Down The Crisp Aisle (Or Chips Aisle If You’re American). “Nope, Not This Time! I Need To Lose Weight

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You’re in the supermarket. You walk precariously down the crisp aisle (or chips aisle if you’re American). “Nope, not this time! I need to lose weight so I’m going to be good… I’m going to source a healthy snack instead”. 16 minutes later (because that’s how long it takes to find the ‘health foods’ aisle), you are faced with an assortment of products. And there they are. Kale chips. In…

#7 Wine Is Not Bad. It Can Be Enjoyed As Part Of A Fulfilling, Healthy Diet

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Wine is not bad. It can be enjoyed as part of a fulfilling, healthy diet. In fact, a glass of wine each day can possibly fit the same statement.But here’s the thing. For fat loss, I always advise a gradual and sustainable calorie deficit — usually 10-15% from maintenance. For example if 2500 daily calories maintains your current weight, shaving off 10% leaves you with 2500-250=2250 calories per day to…

#8 When Eating Out (And Eating In General) There Is A Plethora Of Misconceptions Regarding What’s ‘Good And Bad’

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When eating out (and eating in general) there is a plethora of misconceptions regarding what’s ‘good and bad’. This results in the inevitable unnecessary elimination of the food you want, for something you’ll tolerate because you hear it’s ‘healthy’ aka ‘supports’ your goals. The problem is that most of the time, you simply don’t know what you’re consuming. For example; unless you enjoy it more, choosing brown bread over white…

#9 Special K. The ‘Healthy’ Cereal That ‘Makes You Slim’

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Special K. The ‘healthy’ cereal that ‘makes you slim’. There was a time a while ago where Kellogg’s created the special K diet for those looking to lose weight. ‘Drop a jeans size in 2 weeks’ I believe it was called…The concept was that you would eat special K suggested cereal servings/special K protein bar for breakfast and lunch, followed by a ‘normal’ meal for dinner (so this could literally…

#10 Chocolate

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Chocolate is the example here, but this post is representative of any foods you might label as BAD. If you’ve banned calorie dense foods it’s likely that your goal is fat loss. And if you forbid yourself from eating certain foods as a means to lose fat, you probably don’t grasp that it’s the quantities that are important. Otherwise you’d understand that these foods CAN be consumed in moderation. Naturally,…

#11 Mindset Is Key To Long Term Success At Anything

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Mindset is key to long term success at anything. This includes improving aspects of your diet and losing/gaining weight. If you’re miserable doing something voluntarily, naturally you will not last long. You might force yourself for a while, but ultimately things unravel. Just like the above restrictive diet does. Changing processes in order to cause change is good, but understanding these changes is even better. Fat loss requires a calorie…
#12 ‘But Measuring Portions And Tracking Calorie Intake Is Boring Graeme’. Yes, It Is

2‘But measuring portions and tracking calorie intake is boring Graeme’. Yes, it is. But for all of the 4 minutes and 32 seconds it takes you each day, it could literally be the difference between fat loss progress, no progress or even regress. ‘But who measures butter to the gram Graeme?’ Well, you. A couple of times only… Then after this you’ll hopefully be able to eye ball it. The…
#13 I Wonder If Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farrah, Serena Williams… Or Roger Federer Have Ever Sipped Fit Tea…

3I wonder if Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farrah, Serena Williams… or Roger Federer have ever sipped Fit Tea… Or marveled over the marketed wonders of Herbalife… Perhaps after a gruelling session they’ve considered swapping out a nutritious meal for a glass of slim fast…? Of course they haven’t. Whilst the diets of the athletes above may vary, they all consume real food. We idolize these people and believe their sporting…
#14 The ‘Clean Eating’ Trend Has Dominated Social Media For A While Now

4The ‘clean eating’ trend has dominated social media for a while now. Today, most health conscious recipe books fall under this categorized notion that; ‘eating clean food will make you lean’. Whilst the recipes will be excellent for an individual looking to consume more nutrients, there is an issue facing an individual who wants to lose fat (or do both). Where the recipes and support will be inspiring and educational…
#15 Time. The Thing We Apparently Run Out Of In Abundance

5When it comes to anything in life, convenience is useful and speed is helpful. These two things also apply to preparation of calorie/nutrient intake to fit your goal. Convenience and speed can help the process. But when somebody constantly says they flat out do not have 15 minutes per day to prepare a meal that will support their goal, they are full of sh*t. They really mean they don’t want…
#16 ‘Emotional Eating

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‘Emotional eating’. The thing is though — when it comes to body composition, no matter what process you choose and how you execute it, any change which occurs is the result of science (thermodynamics). Whilst we cannot change the course of science, we can change our emotions to influence the scientific process. The feelings we get which result in turning to excess food for comfort can be eradicated by choice….
#17 Guilt Free Vs Guilt Free

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The nakd bar on the left markets some of its products as ‘guilt free’. This is absolutely correct. In fact, I like this. Why on earth would you feel guilty after consuming food? After all, we need energy to live. It doesn’t make sense to feel guilty doing something completely natural such as consuming food. However, this statement and very concept of ‘guilt free’, means that there must be foods…
#18 Carbohydrates Are Vilified On A Daily Basis As Being A Direct Cause Of Weight Gain

8Carbohydrates are vilified on a daily basis as being a direct cause of weight gain. They are lambasted up and down the country as the food group which purposefully denies you the body you want. “Carbs? No thanks I’m trying to lose weight” is a phrase that if everything else in the world became silent and only these words remained… would render our ears as ‘perished via extreme noise.
#19 In The Last 10-15 Years There Has Been Substantial Pressure On The Fitness Industry Consumer (Mostly People Looking To Lose Fat) To Buy Into A Particular Way Of Achieving Their Goal

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In the last 10-15 years there has been substantial pressure on the fitness industry consumer (mostly people looking to lose fat) to buy into a particular way of achieving their goal. In this case I want to point out just a small arrangement of myths that probably started because a pseudoscientist had a contact from Silicon Valley… who then put it online in 2009 and it went viral on fitness…

#20 Pasta

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Nuts are often regarded as a credible source of protein. After all, they do contain protein so this statement holds some credence. The things is though: most people concerned about their protein consumption are either; trying to lose fat, gain muscle or maintain body composition. If 612 calories from a handful of nuts (a snack), fits your plan and you’re succeeding at it, that’s cool.If fat loss is the goal,…

#21 You Need To See Food As Food, Enjoy It, But Be Aware Exactly What Consumption Means For Your Goal

 

11Imagine this. You’re with a friend who’s goal is also to lose fat and take control of their body composition. You’re both in a convenience store. Your friend decides to opt for 100g of this ‘healthy superfood mix’, whilst you see a kit kat chunky and cannot resist. In fact you like them so much that you’ll take two…There you both are, eating your snacks. Your friend is smug, you…
#22 Coffee

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Buckling myself in for a rough ride on the ‘pro keto’ forums this evening.By definition, the ketogenic diet is a diet whereby consumption of carbohydrate is low. This causes blood sugar levels to drop and the body breaks down fat for energy as no carbs are present. Keto dieters would claim that drinking keto/bullet proof ‘coffee’ puts you into an efficient ‘fat burning state’ superior to any normal state. See…
#23 Nights Out Are There To Be Enjoyed. Chances Are That They Aren’t Going To Be Enjoyed Fully

13Nights out are there to be enjoyed. Chances are that they aren’t going to be enjoyed fully if you track every calorie you consume. But there is room for some sort of awareness of the energy you are consuming. This same awareness can be the difference between a great night out where you consume a huge access and an equally great night out where you limit the damage. For example;…
#24 True/False?

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True/false? Many of you will have heard this phrase before. But unsurprisingly, I doubt you read it in the journal of nutrition, or any journal for that matter.For years this ‘no carbs after dark’ metabolic artifice has plagued the fitness industry for those trying to stay/get lean. It was born out of the correct fact that our metabolism slows down as we sleep, which isn’t surprising as we aren’t moving…
#25 Which One Would You Pick?

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Which one would you pick? (Neither is also an option. The point here is not to promote the Big Mac over the pasta due to its lower calorie value, but to highlight the extortionate calorie value of a supposed ‘salad’. Salad = healthy in most minds. But what does ‘healthy’ even mean? A lot of people trying to lose weight or moderate calorie intake would assume that the pasta salad…
#26 Nhs. It’s An Institution That Saves Lives, Prevents Disease And Improves The Health Of Millions Of People

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I like the NHS. It’s an institution that saves lives, prevents disease and improves the health of millions of people. But sadly, when it comes to nutrition, the 30% overweight/obese rate suggests that their message is both dated and mixed up. Mixed up in the sense that whilst they advocate consumption of nutrients via fruit & veg as a way to optimise function (which it is), they fatefully intertwine this…
#27 Juice Diet Or Food

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I was recently slated for 13 minutes in a YouTube video made by a well known ‘master of juicing’, criticising my views on his (and all) juice diets and what I believe to be an unnecessary step in losing weight. Whilst I am no doctor, my views are replicated by several qualified medical practitioners who practice evidence based science. His main criticism of me was that I hadn’t read his…

#28 Which One Looks Better

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Which one looks better? When someone decides they want to lose weight, their perception is often negative from the get go. Sometimes it’s viewed as a form of punishment being letting yourself become overweight. “That’s it, no more foods I like.” “Extremely small portions.” “I’m going to be hungry.” “Time to grit my teeth and force down the rabbit food.” “No more chocolate”. “No more carbs” etc etc… The clock…
#29 In Life, There Are Many Things That Lead Us To Feelings Of Guilt

19In life, there are many things that lead us to feelings of guilt. That time you took your road rage out on an innocent pedestrian. The time you forgot a birthday or anniversary. That regretful one night stand whereby the other party fell in love with you after 7 hours… to name a few. But eating food has no place on this list. It has no place because it doesn’t…
#30 Sheila Is Overweight. She Knows She’s Overweight. She Decides To Do Something About Being Overweight

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It goes a little something like this. Sheila is overweight. She knows she’s overweight. She decides to do something about being overweight. She googles ‘how to lose weight’ and she finds an array of ads on page one of the google search results. ‘Lose 7lbs in 7 days’ grabs her attention. Sheila takes note of the speed at which she could lose weight. After all, if she could do it…

 

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