WHEN it comes to dieting, most of us picture a bowl of salad or long hours of fasting before the next mealtime.
But if you’re someone who struggles to lose weight because you can’t say no to a Big Mac and fries then fear not.
Fast food should be eaten and enjoyed even if you’re on a diet, according to a fitness expert[/caption]
A diet and fitness expert claims that you can still eat your favourite fast food and watch the pounds melt away.
Graeme Tomlinson, AKA The Fitness Chef on Instagram, is known for his no-nonsense nutritional advice and myth busting posts.
He says meals from the likes of McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King are to be enjoyed.
But the key to doing that, he says, is eating in moderation – as well as supporting your diet with other foods rich in nutrients.
In his latest Instagram post, he revealed the calories of some of Britain’s best loved fast food dishes – and the odd sweet treat.
The simple infographics help compare the difference between portion sizes, such as a small fries vs large, so dieters can easily recognise how many calories they are consuming.
Writing under the post, Graeme said: “This assortment of slides is not an endorsement of fast food as much as it is not a shaming of it as a food choice.
“Instead, it is simply a selection of food from some of the world’s favourite fast food chains.
The Fitness Chef has revealed the calories in some of the times on the McDonald’s menu[/caption]
Items on the KFC menu show that some of the salads have as many, if not more, calories than a burger[/caption]
“This post is therefore an objective arrangement of basic nutritional information. Swipe left to see more lists.
“The establishments included in this post have existed for decades.
“This is undoubtedly because it is abundantly clear that millions continue to enjoy consumption of such food.
Whilst most items within these lists are not particularly nutrient dense, they are still legitimate items of food which should be eaten if enjoyed.
“And whilst most items within these lists are not particularly nutrient dense, they are still legitimate items of food which should be eaten if enjoyed.
“Instead of basing opinion on subjective metaphors and closed minded assumptions that fast food will send us to hospital, it is more useful to consider a more logical approach.
“Correlation of consumption in relation to regularity and overall dietary intake is a more worthwhile way to gauge the effect of fast food on one’s overall health.”
The helpful infographics can help work out what choices to make from the menu at Burger King[/caption]
For those with a sweet tooth, a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s can be pretty high in calories[/caption]
He also pointed to a “mass hysteria” around fast food during the early 2000s, when there were warnings about the negative effect on health.
Graeme added: “One example can be found in the ‘Supersize Me’ experiment/documentary in 2004.
“It professed the negative impact McDonald’s had on the subject’s health.
“But the subject consumed nothing but McDonald’s food for one whole month.
“Whilst the findings may have been accurate, they are rendered as entirely useless to those who do not consume 90+ McDonald’s meals per month.
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“Thus, we can estimate that the findings from Supersize Me are irrelevant.”
He continued:” For optimal health, excessive consumption of fast food is not going to be particularly beneficial.
“But if consumption is moderate and accompanied by an overall supportive dietary process rich in nutrients, it can have an enjoyed position in one’s life now and again.”