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Think You're Healthy? This Instagram Will Get You So SHOOK

Each day we’re fed information either online, on TV or from friends and professionals who help us make the right decisions about what we eat.

We think we’re making good decisions, healthy choices that’ll make us feel better and lose weight… but what if people are getting it wrong?

This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Superfood Breakfast Bowl VS Pancakes. Do you have a stigma against particular foods⁉️ Do you have a tendency to look at food and label it as good or bad⁉️ Have you ever considered how the body recognises food - not as good or bad but for its macronutrient (protein🍗, carb 🍞 and fat🥑) and micronutrient value? When you dine out and look at a menu are you often conscious of picking what seems like the ‘healthiest’ option on the menu... this mindset towards food may be why you’re not seeing results. While nutrient density is important the simple equation as to whether you lose or gain weight is dependent on whether you’re consuming more or less calories than you’re expending. This post isn’t to compare the nutrient density of the two options but rather demonstrate that even the most nutrient dense foods have an energy intake. Be mindful of your overall diet if you’re consuming more energy than expenditure you will gain weight. Eating well for health is a two part system in that quality & quantity go hand in hand but the art of weight loss will always boil down to calories in vs calories out. It's possible to over eat with 'clean food' just as it's possible to over eat on chocolate and sweets. Be conscious & aware of the calories & macros in food & when foods are high in calories you should be aware of what you've had & what you're going to have for the rest of the day. 📧info@equalution.com

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An instagram account I stumbled across called ‘Equalution’, label themselves as ‘Binge Eating specialists’, and ‘flexible dieters’, who help people with their body transformations, and customised nutrition, with weight loss challenges and guides.

Some of the posts they put up are pretty alarming.

What they do, is put up two foods side by side; one deemed ‘healthy’ and one deemed ‘unhealthy’ by society’s standards. The shocking thing is how many calories are in each.

Now, it’s important to understand that in the case of this half pepperoni pizza and salmon with quinoa salad example, you take note that the amount of good vitamins and minerals your body would be receiving from the salmon option would more than make-up for the 50 extra calories.

This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Salmon 🐠 and Quinoa + Falafel Salad, with broccoli 🥦 VS Half a Pizza 🍕 . Firstly this post: ❌Is NOT to say that neither should be chosen over the other ❌It is NOT to say that the nutrient density of both the choices are EXACTLY the same ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. When you look at a menu when you dine out what goes through your mind⁉️ Do you opt for what appears to be the ‘healthiest’⁉️ Or maybe the ‘cleanest’⁉️ IMPORTANT 💡 If you’ve been dieting on the basis of a ‘clean eating rulebook’ your diet may be why you’re not seeing results! No matter how ‘healthy’ something appears on the surface, or how nutrient dense it actually is your body recognises food for its caloric and macronutrient value. So what is responsible for whether you lose weight or gain weight is whether you’re eating a greater or lesser amount of calories than you’re burning. This does not mean neglect nutrient dense foods and instead eat less calories consisting of a pizza only diet. But what it does mean is that ✅ You don’t have to miss out on foods you love ✅ You can fit in treats without jeopardizing your results and ✅ The ‘healthiest’ looking option may not always be the wisest one! Understand energy intake and what your body needs to see results 📧info@equalution.com 👉🏼Register now for our 8 week challenge: LINK IN OUR BIO

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This would be the case with most of the examples; nutrition is key, but the food you love is not ‘always’ the enemy.

They also put things into perspective for you. Like how one Thai ‘cheat meal’ equals an entire day of eating. Eeeeek!!

This weeks UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE COMPARISON 👉🏼 A Pad Thai + 2 Spring Rolls & a Coke VS A Full day of Food‼️Did you know your weekly Thai feed classified as a ‘cheat meal’ is the equivalent of days worth of food⁉️⚠️ It is possible to incorporate a diet of take out and delicious food but while striving for fat loss it’s important not to neglect calorie intake and excuse meals as ‘cheats’ even if once a week. Eating for health and results is a two part system in that quality and quantity go hand in hand, if you’re wanting to lose weight numeric intake plays an integral role in whether you lose or gain weight and a cheat meal or blow out can very much interfere with this equation. Portion control plays an integral role in whether you ‘overdo’ it or not together with food choice given some meals like the right are highly calorie dense. Make the decisions as to what you would rather, think of your calorie intake as money in the bank and budget wisely. Want to learn how to eat for your body AND results while enjoying food you love ⁉️ Let 2018 be the year of the NEW YOU with the EQUALUTION 8 WEEK CHALLENGE. Click the in our bio for further details! 📧info@equalution.com

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Check out some of the most eye-opening examples.

Cocowhip, REALLY?!

This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Cocowhip topped with cacao, peanut butter and a mini raw treat VS a McFlurry. Firstly this post: ❌Is NOT to say that neither should be chosen over the other ❌It is NOT to say that the nutrient density of both the choices are EXACTLY the same ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. A lot of clean treats pride themselves on being all natural and having nutrient dense ingredients. For people being health conscious this usually validates their choice at the expense of failing to recognise the calorie density. ⚠️ Many dieters select the food they eat based on a perception of healthy or unhealthy with little regard for caloric value like the current ‘raw treat’ craze spin off of our favourite foods. Eating well for health is a two part system in that quality and quantity go hand in hand but the art of weight loss will always boil down to calories in vs calories out. This post is not to compare nutrient density of these two choices but to demonstrate that no matter how 'healthy' you think something is your body will recognize and clock its caloric value. This is important as if you want to lose weight you need to calorically be consuming less energy than expenditure.. If you're trying to lose weight it's necessary to be conscious of caloric intake given it is possible to over eat in clean treats just as it is possible to over eat on cakes and slices IN FACT calorically most 'clean treats' are in most cases higher. Be conscious and aware of the caloric and macronutrient value of food. When eating foods of high caloric density you should be aware of what you've had and what you're going to have for the rest of the day. Calories should be regarded in a context of what your whole diet especially when aiming to lose weight 📧info@equalution.com

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This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Paleo Cookie VS Subway. Firstly this post: ❌Is NOT to say that neither should be chosen over the other ❌It is NOT to say that the nutrient density of both the choices are EXACTLY the same ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. When we purchased the paleo cookie the jar advertised ➖No refined sugar ➖Raw all natural ingredients ➖Paleo ➖Low Carb ➖Dairy Free... ⚠️ For a lot of people aiming to be healthy this would justify the choice to opt for the paleo Cookie.. But did you consider the calorie density⁉️ Some people select the food they eat based on a perception of healthy or unhealthy with little regard for caloric value. Eg the current ‘raw treat’ craze spin off of our favourite sweets. Eating well for health is a two part system in that quality and quantity go hand in hand but the art of weight loss will always boil down to calories in vs calories out. This post is not to compare nutrient density of these two choices but to demonstrate that no matter how 'healthy' you think something is your body will recognize and clock its caloric value. This is important as if you want to lose weight you need to calorically be consuming less energy than expenditure.. If you're trying to lose weight it's necessary to be conscious of caloric intake given it is possible to over eat in clean treats just as it is possible to over eat on cakes and slices IN FACT calorically most 'clean treats' are in most cases higher. Be conscious and aware of the caloric and macronutrient value of food. When eating foods of high caloric density you should be aware of what you've had and what you're going to have for the rest of the day. Calories matter and should be regarded in a context of what your whole diet especially when aiming to lose weight. What ever your preference don't be clouded by superfoods ingredients & 'free from' claims, you may think you're doing your body wonders but your body won't disregard the caloric value 📧info@equalution.com

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LET’S TALK 👉🏼 Your weekly cheat meal‼️Did you know your weekly bowl of pasta classified as a ‘cheat meal’ is the equivalent of days worth of food⁉️⚠️ It is possible to incorporate a diet of pastas and delicious food but while striving for fat loss it’s important not to neglect calorie intake and excuse meals as ‘cheats’ even if once a week. Eating for health and results is a two part system in that quality and quantity go hand in hand, if you’re wanting to lose weight numeric intake plays an integral role in whether you lose or gain weight and a cheat meal or blow out can very much interfere with this equation. Portion control plays an integral role in whether you ‘overdo’ it or not together with food choice given some meals like the right are highly calorie dense. Make the decisions as to what you would rather, think of your calorie intake as money in the bank and budget wisely. 📧info@equalution.com

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This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Raw Cherry Ripe Bar VS Cadbury Cherry Ripe Bar. ⚠️Have you been guilty of convincing yourself your treats are 'okay' because of its health claims❓Firstly this post: ❌Is NOT to say that one should be chosen over the other ❌It is NOT to say that the nutrient density of both the choices are EXACTLY the same ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. Some people select the food they eat based on a perception of healthy or unhealthy with little regard for caloric value. A good example of this is the new found craze of dubbed 'clean', raw, often began, gluten free, refined sugar free 'treats' - that are usually a spin off of our favourite sweets. Eating well for health is a two part system in that quality and quantity go hand in hand, the art of weight loss will always boil down to calories in vs calories out. This post is not to compare nutrient density (though both are not bursting with nutrient density to be perfectly honest) but to demonstrate that no matter how 'healthy' you think something is your body will recognize and clock its caloric value. If you want to lose weight you need to calorically be consuming less energy than expenditure. While some foods are indeed more nutrient dense 🍌🍏🥕🥑 than others 🍫🍦🍬🍩 in that they contain more micronutrients than an alternative of a similar caloric density THEY ALL HAVE CALORIES. If you're trying to lose weight it's necessary to be conscious of caloric intake given it is possible to over eat in clean treats just as it is possible to over eat on cakes and slices IN FACT calorically most 'clean treats' are in most cases higher. Be conscious and aware of the caloric and macronutrient value of food and when eating particular foods be aware of what you've had and what you're going to have for the rest of the day. Learn to eat for your body and goals, achieving results while enjoying foods you love 👉🏼📧info@equalution.com

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This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Handful of Almonds VS Handful of Smarties. ⚠️Have you been guilty of of associating particular 'clean' foods with being healthy or the better choice? How many calories are in your ‘healthy’ handful❓For the most part while many foods stipulated to have heath benefits can do, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are therefore 'healthy' or better yet - it doesn’t mean the caloric intake is counteracted. Note this is not to say in the case of the above one should be selected over the other & both are not of equal nutrient density but in a diet industry that tells you that foods are either good or bad we'd like to share the science that eating for health and well being is a two part system. Quantity AND quality go hand in hand and CALORIES MATTER! It seems a few health benefits can often lead to justifying over eating or disregarding energy intake. A lot of binge eaters for example will gorge on food and let themselves know that it's okay because it's all 'healthy' yet the maths says otherwise when weight gain occurs. Be wary that despite the stigma of certain 'health foods' that they can be just as calorie dense as what you would consider to be the poorer choice. This post is to demonstrate that no matter how 'healthy' you think something is your body will recognise and won't ignore its caloric value. This is important as if you want to lose weight you need to calorically be consuming less energy than expenditure. While some foods are more nutrient dense 🍌🍏🥕🥑 than others 🍫🍦🍬🍩 in that they contain more micronutrients THEY ALL HAVE CALORIES. It's possible to over eat in 'clean food' just as it's possible to over eat on chocolate and sweets. Be conscious & aware of the calories & macros in food & when foods are high in calories you should be aware of what you've had & what you're going to have for the rest of the day. Don't be sold on 'health benefits' & other claims. 📧info@equalution.com

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UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Acai Berry Bowl VS A McDonalds Breakfast - No heat towards Acai Berry bowls but they're now trending as a 'healthy breakfast choice' so it's important to understand the caloric density if you're being weight conscious.☝🏼We'll start with what this post is not: ❌It is NOT to say that a McDonalds breakfast is better for you than an acai berry bowl ❌It is NOT to say that the nutrient density of both are EXACTLY the same ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. Some people select the food they eat based on a perception of healthy or unhealthy with little regard for caloric value. A good example is the new found craze of dubbed 'clean', eating, superfoods and wellness bowls which are ✅ Yes: Nutrient dense BUT ☝🏼 also CALORIE DENSE. Eating well for health is a two part system: quality & quantity go hand in hand, the art of weight loss will ALWAYS boil down to calories in vs calories out. This post is not to compare nutrient density & equal macronutrients but to demonstrate that no matter how 'healthy' you think something is your body will recognise its caloric value. If you want to lose weight you need to be consuming less calories than expenditure. While some foods are more nutrient dense 🍌🍏🥕🥑 than others 🍫🍦🍬🍩 in that they contain more micronutrients than an alternative of a similar caloric density THEY ALL HAVE CALORIES. If you're trying to lose weight it's necessary to be conscious of caloric intake given it is possible to over eat in superfoods just as it is possible to over eat on fast food & sweets. Be aware of what you've had & what you're going to have for the rest of the day. Note calories, they matter & should be regarded in respect of what you've eaten so far that day & what you plan to eat when consciously trying to lose weight. What ever your preference don't be confused by ingredients, 'free from' claims & proclaimed health benefits, you may think you're doing your body wonders but your body might not agree 📧info@equalution.com ❗️✅ PAYMENT PLANS❗

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This weeks: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Protein ball VS Chicken sandwich. FIRSTLY (☝🏼IMPORTANT): This post: ❌Is NOT to say that neither should be chosen over the other ❌It is NOT to say that the nutrient density of both the choices are EXACTLY the same ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. Some people select the food they eat based on a perception of healthy or unhealthy with little regard for caloric value. If you're someone that won't eat bread/a sandwich because you think it's 'bad' but will eat a protein ball in thinking it's 'good' the energy intake between the two may be the same. Another important reason in why you should have an understanding and regard for the caloric intake of your food choices is because some foods are deceiving in energy density such as the protein ball - so small, said to be a 'healthy snack' yet not exactly the choice where you'd be getting the most satiety for your calorie spend. So while a protein ball isn't going to directly cause fat gain it's quite a calorie dense snack despite being the 'go to' for a lot of people embarking on a weight loss journey or being health conscious. Without calorie awareness and also if mindlessly eating a snack like - say deciding on a second OR third serving the calories can quite easily clock up to equate to that of a full meal. Eating well for health AND results is a two part system in that quality & quantity go hand in hand, fat loss will always boil down to calories in vs calories out. No matter how 'healthy' you think something is your body will recognize & clock its caloric value. If you want to lose weight you need to calorically be consuming less energy than expenditure. Some foods are indeed more nutrient dense 🍌🍏🥕🥑 than others 🍫🍦🍬🍩 containing more micronutrients though THEY ALL HAVE CALORIES. If you're trying to lose weight it's necessary to be conscious of caloric intake given it is possible to over eat in protein balls just as it is possible to over eat in sandwiches. 📧info@equalution.com

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This week's: UNDERSTANDING ENERGY INTAKE comparison 👉🏼 Bottle of Wine VS A block of chocolate. ⚠️Have you been guilty of ignoring calories in alcohol? Perhaps then even over eating while drinking or losing count of your drinks unaware of the density of the 'liquid calories'. Firstly this post: ❌Is NOT to say that one should be chosen over the other ❌It is NOT to say that the macros of both the choices are the same - they are VERY different ❌It is NOT to say that either will cause adverse effects on the body OR directly lead to fat gain. ❌It's not to say that this is a reasonable portion per sitting. The bottom line is: ✅UNDERSTAND ENERGY INTAKE. Some people select the food they eat based on a perception of good or bad with little regard for caloric value. Eating well for overall health and fat loss is a two part system in that quality and quantity go hand in hand, the art of weight loss will always boil down to calories in vs calories out. If you want to lose weight you need to calorically be consuming less energy than expenditure and acknowledging calories at that! While some foods are indeed more nutrient dense 🍌🍏🥕🥑 than others 🍫🍦🍬🍩 in that they contain more micronutrients than an alternative of a similar caloric density THEY ALL HAVE CALORIES. If you're trying to lose weight it's necessary to be conscious of caloric intake given it is possible to be in a calorie surplus through alcohol just as it is possible to over eat on chocolate. You can fit in both within your daily macronutrient intake but portion control and consciousness for the rest of your daily diet is necessary. You must be aware of the caloric and macronutrient value of food and when eating particular foods be aware of what you've had and what you're going to have for the rest of the day. It is easy to lose track through ignorance or lack of awareness of the calories you're truly consuming which instead could have equated to a few meals worth of intake. So acknowledge calories, they matter and should be regarded in a context of what you've eaten in the day so far and what you plan to eat in order to be conscious while losing weight. 📧info@equalution.com ‼️PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

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