Instagram can often be a breeding ground for promoting unrealistic body image ideals.
That’s why London-based fitness blogger Lucy Mountain is all about being upfront and being herself when she posts on the platform.
Mountain has two accounts: The Fashion Fitness Foodie and theFFFeed. TheFFFeed features food comparisons that are meant to encourage people to stop viewing foods as “healthy” or “unhealthy.” With them, Mountain proves that our idea of what makes a healthy snack is totally skewed — and that often junk food isn’t that much worse.
Keep scrolling to see some of Mountain’s photos and to read more about her approach to eating.
Mountain likes to show that foods that have been deemed 'healthy' -- like almonds -- often have just as many calories as foods that have been deemed 'unhealthy' -- like candy.
She makes the point that while the 'healthy' food typically has more micronutrients, it's not about that or the number of calories.
Mountain doesn't believe in restriction and she doesn't think it's necessary for maintaining a 'healthy diet.' Instead, she believes in moderation.
'Moderation is key, and this will look different on different people depending on the person, their fitness goal, and their lifestyle,' Mountain said.
She makes the point that no one single food will cause weight gain. Instead, it's an excess of calories from any type of food that can make this happen.
Mountain encourages her followers to look at the big picture. 'Having a chocolate bar in a day of well balanced meals and adequate micronutrients doesn't suddenly make it 'unhealthy'' she said.
She's all about enjoying the foods you eat; regardless of if your fitness goal is losing, maintaining, or gaining weight. She says she doesn't consider any foods 'treats.'
Mountain's comparisons also show that small changes to a meal's ingredients can make a big difference in calories.
The salad bowl on the right has Parmesan cheese instead of light cheese, sunflower seeds instead of toasted oats, croutons instead of sliced toast, and Caesar dressing instead of homemade dressing.
Both of these bowls contain the same amount of food, but the bowl on left was made with light cooking oil spray and contains beef that's 5% fat, whereas the bowl on the right was made with olive oil and beef that's 12% fat.
Mountain says there's so much more than calories to take into consideration when looking at food. There's macronutrients (like protein and carbohydrates), as well as how filling and satisfying it is.
'Many companies will use buzz words like 'low sugar,' 'high protein,' 'fat-free' -- however these labels don't necessarily mean they're going to be less caloric than the 'normal' version, or any more conducive to your goal,' Mountain said.
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