As much as we all know, our Instagram accounts are usually flooded with food that is high in cholesterol, sugars, and fats. If you are following food blogger and food enthusiast, you will probably know how it feels. Recently, we have found out what you need to know about calories that will surprise you.

If you do follow this fitness blogger Lucy Mountain, fitness blogger and creator of the Instagram account theFFFeed, has exposed another issue with counting calories.

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Avocado Salad vs Avocado Salad 🥑⠀ ⠀ Both are the same size, both come with avocado, cheese, croutons and dressing. However the bowl on the right is almost 300 calories more than the bowl on the left.⠀ ⠀ It's easy to look at a salad and just think 'it's just a salad' -⠀ but small variations in the toppings and dressings can dramatically change the nutritional value.⠀ ⠀ Just look at your standard supermarket salad bar like Morrisons – I'd say only 50% of the offering is made up of greens and veggies. The rest is different types of pasta, potato salad, oily dressings and crunchy bacon bits.⠀ ⠀ This, OF COURSE, is absolutely fine. Some days I'll dowse mine in those bacon bits to the point it's actually bacon bits with lettuce on top. But atleast I know where I'm at 💪⠀ ⠀ Anyway my point is, salads are a fantastic way to pack in lots of lavly micros but not all salads are the same. Being aware of the individual components of the meal you're eating AND how it sits in context to the rest of your day will massively help if weight-loss/weight-gain is your goal 💕⠀ ⠀ Here's my tweakz:⠀ ⠀ Left Bowl:⠀ – Mixed salad leaves (100g)⠀ – Avocado (Half)⠀ – Leerdamer Light (20g)⠀ – Sliced Toast (Half piece)⠀ – Homemade Dressing (yoghurt + mustard)⠀ – Toasted Oats (5g)⠀ ⠀ Right Bowl:⠀ – Mixed salad leaves (100g)⠀ – Avocado (Half)⠀ – Parmesan (20g)⠀ – Croutons (25g)⠀ – Caesar Dressing (2 tbsp)⠀ – Sunflower Seeds (15g)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ (Lil tip: Most of the Pret salads are higher in calories than the sandwiches. F. Y. I.) 🌝🌝🌝 ⠀ ⠀ #FFFoodForThought #theFFF

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Is snacking bad? Because it’s developed a pretty bad rep over the past few years…⠀ ⠀ ‘Right I’m being healthy now, I’m going to stop snacking between meals!' You’ve probably said it yourself at some point in your life when looking to lose weight or get ‘healthier’. I most certainly have, primarily between 2009-2012 when a quick google search was gospel lol 🌝⠀ ⠀ It’s important to remember that ‘Snacks’ and ‘Meals’ are made up terms that simply refer to portions of food eaten at various points throughout the day 💪 ⠀ ⠀ If your goal if weight loss, frequent snacking on filling foods may be a useful way to stave off hunger between meals.⠀ ⠀ However, ‘snacking’ can also be something to avoid if you find your consuming excess non filling calories throughout the day. ‘Snacks' can often be as calorific as ‘Meals’ 🙌⠀ ⠀ Labels can be confusing – remember; food is just food 🙂 (In other news, I’ve just made the most EPIC Snack/Meal which I’m going to upload tomorrow. Party rings may or may not be involved 🍭)⠀⠀ ⠀ Left: 80g almonds⠀ ⠀ Right: 70g salmon 20g cottage cheese Half an avocado One bagel ⠀ #theFFF @thefashionfitnessfoodie

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Healthy Day of Food 🥗 vs Healthy Day of Food 🥗⠀ ⠀ Bet you're sick of the C word by now aren't you. (Sorry.) This is inspired by an amezin post @danprice_639pt did last week for someone who: 1. Is looking to get a little leaner. (Yes – it is okay to have a goal which involves aesthetics.) 2. Feels like they're eating all the 'good' food but still not getting results.⠀ ⠀ As we know, calories are just one component of nutrition but they're something to be mindful of when it comes to weight management.⠀ ⠀ Both diets here contain 'healthy' food. Both diets contain zero 'junk' food. However one is 850 calories more than the other.⠀ ⠀ This post is not to say you need to be eating a punnet of fruit as a snack and cut out smoothies, humous, granola or flapjack lol. This post is to challenge the way you see food and the categories you place upon them.⠀ ⠀ Each and everyone one of these foods can be included in a 'healthy' diet which would help you reach your goal. And equally, in moderation, every other food NOT pictured can be included in a 'healthy' diet to help you reach your goal. Yes even chocolate. (And sugar omg.)⠀ ⠀ Look beyond 'good' and 'bad'. Look beyond the labels. Your diet should include ALL the foods you love no matter your goal. I say this all the time – moderation isn't sexy but it's bloody great.⠀⠀ ⠀ Left side: – 50g oats, 1 banana – 150g blueberries – 200g Alpro soya yoghurt, 15g honey – 1 avocado, 2 slices of bread – 400g strawberries – 50g mixed salad, 100g chicken, 1 sweet potato – 250g Alpro yoghurt, 60g blueberries,10g goji berries ⠀ ⠀ Right side: – 50g granola – 450ml Naked smoothie – 100g humous – 4 Nairns oat cracker thins – 1 avocado, 2 slices bread – Graze protein bite – 50g mixed salad, 1 sweet potato, 100g salmon fillet – 250g Alpro soya yoghurt, 4 dates, 35g dried mango and coconut, 20g peanut butter ⠀ #theFFF @thefashionfitnessfoodie

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Let’s be real, social media is a pretty confusing place to be. Everyday we consume conflicting messages on what we should be eat, and what we should be avoiding.⠀ ⠀ I believe there are certain foods which are generally beneficial for everyone to include in their diet however what you actually eat should come down to you, your body, your health, your goal and your personal preference 💅⠀ ⠀ What one person calls a ‘good food’, another person might call a ‘bad food’. Look beyond the labels and do your own research to figure out what works for you on all levels ⚡️ (And I can confirm I enjoy each of these foods in my diet.)⠀ ⠀ Here’s a few examples of what I mean:⠀ ⠀ Bagel:⠀ – A ‘good’ lunch option for someone who wants to balance out their protein, fat and veggies.⠀ – A ’bad’ option for someone who doesn’t eat carbs. (lol why tho)⠀ ⠀ Nuts:⠀ – A ‘good' snack for someone who wants something natural, nutritious and filling.⠀ – A ‘bad’ snack for someone who wants something high volume and low calorie.⠀ ⠀ Smarties:⠀ – A ‘good’ snack for someone who someone who enjoys sweets, in the context of a balanced diet.⠀ – A ‘bad’ snack for someone who avoids refined sugar.⠀ ⠀ Protein Bar⠀ – A ‘good’ snack for someone who is always on the go.⠀ – A ‘bad’ snack for someone who avoids artificial sweeteners.⠀ ⠀ Cheese⠀ – A ‘good’ food for a vegetarian and trying to boost their protein intake.⠀ – A ‘bad’ food for someone who doesn’t eat dairy.⠀ ⠀ Granola⠀ – A ‘good’ breakfast for someone who just bloody loves granola.⠀ – A ‘bad’ breakfast for someone who struggles with portion control.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Any food in excess is potentially harmful however none of these single foods are ‘good' or ‘bad’. Play the long game and try to look at your diet across the days, weeks and months 🙌⠀ ⠀ #theFFF @thefashionfitnessfoodie

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In all of the photos, you will notice that the number of calories in food or drinks are different. When you know how to choose and control the portion of the food per serving, you will realize the number of calories can cut up in half. For instance, if you notice on the pictures, you can realize that a tweak of snack to fruit will change the calorie intake per portion. That is why we need to think wisely and eat consciously and taking into account what’s on your plate and cup.

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