The popular belief is that in order to lose weight, thin people must eliminate what we call “junk food”. However, this may not be the case. In a conversation with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning, nutritionist Graeme Tomlinson suggested processed treats can still be eaten while you’re trying to lose fat.
Graeme argued that losing weight isn’t necessarily about what we eat.
Instead, the most important factor for weight loss is the creation of a calorie deficit, when a person consumes fewer calories than they use per day.
On the other hand, a person in calorie surplus will consume more calories than they use per day.
The expert claimed that being in a calorie deficit is the “only scientific way” to lose weight.
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Does this mean people can eat donuts, cakes, and chips while losing weight? Graeme argues yes.
He said, “You can eat whatever you like and still lose weight, as long as you’re in a calorie deficit.”
Exercise, which counts as “energy expenditure,” will also help create that calorie deficit as you burn calories working out.
In Graeme’s way of thinking, those losing weight shouldn’t always opt for the “healthier” option.
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For example, a chocolate bar may actually contain fewer calories than a more nutritious cereal bar filled with ingredients such as fruits and nuts.
He distinguished between calories and nutrients: “Calories determine your body weight and nutrients will help your health.”
The expert gave another example of Coke and a green smoothie – and the results may surprise dieters.
Featuring a glass of each, the soft drink contained 315 calories while the fruit and vegetable smoothie contained 432.
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Despite the fact that the smoothie is undoubtedly more nutritious, Graeme argued that Coca-Cola was the “better weight loss option.”
However, despite being lower in calories, opting for a soft drink instead of a vegetable-rich smoothie would mean losing out on vital nutrients.
When it comes to popular breakfasts, slimmers may be surprised to find that their mashed avocado on toast actually does more calorie harm than good.
Avocados are nutrient dense, high in fiber and full of healthy fats.
However, this fruit is also relatively high in calories (around 250 calories for a medium avocado).
According to Graeme, a serving of avocado on toast that includes a single slice of bread contains 505 calories.
A slice of toast topped with a few slices of bacon and a fried egg, on the other hand, is equivalent to 360 calories.
So despite the overall benefits of an avocado, frying on toast may be better for those looking for a calorie deficit.
However, the expert noted that while dieters can track calories in order to lose weight, it’s also important to measure the nutritional value of foods.
This is essential for general well-being and functional health.