Dietician Shows How The Same Meal Can Have 400+ Calorie Difference And We All Need To Make These Changes

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The liquid diet, the baby food diet, the raw food diet, people have gone to some pretty extreme lengths to lose weight, but even those who don’t follow the craziest diet trends and stick with plain ol’ healthy eating regimens, could be doing it wrong. Yes, one dietician is shedding some light on these ‘healthy’ plate mistakes by posting identical photos of the same meal but with an upward difference of around 300 calories.

The nutritionist, Paula Norris, has captioned the collection on Instagram ‘Spot The Difference’ and trust us – you can’t. Along with the high calorie and low-calorie photos she writes out the calorie saving recipes and general healthy eating tips such as portion control, focusing on healthy oils and replacing starchy carbs.

For Norris the key is attainability, writing on her page: “Ever since I studied Dietetics, I haven’t bothered with drastic diet changes to achieve goals because I know how short term, unsustainable and depressing they are. Changes I make are small, almost unnoticeable and spread across days and weeks. Decreasing the serve size of energy dense foods and increasing portions of low energy density foods has been key for me. A lot of small changes can add up!”

Scroll down below to see these amazing plate comparisons and see if you can spot the difference!

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Same bowl, filled differently

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCe

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Hummus Vs Hummus

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SMALL CHANGE DIET⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCe

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HOW MUCH AVO?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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HEALTHY SWAPS FOR YOUR LASAGNE⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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EASY WAYS TO SAVE CALS IN YOUR STIR FRY⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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HEALTHY PASTA?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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These posts are NOT to encourage calorie counting but are to demonstrate the impact that ingredient manipulation can have on the overall calories in a meal

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No change in ingredients – just different amounts!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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SNEAKY ‘SALADS’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Too big a burrito?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Healthy Fried Rice⠀⠀⠀⠀

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You can apply some of the below modifications based on your fitness goals- if you want to gain weight – go left. If your goal is to lose or maintain weight – go right. The bulk of these meals is pretty much the same, so both will be equally filling. This is important because satiety is one of the major challenges when trying to lose weight and many people think they need to eat smaller meals⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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A chicken Pad Thai spot

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⠀⠀⠀⠀Both of these meals are healthy but depending on your goals you may make some modifications for more or less calories.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀This one is also important as while good fats are ofcourse amazing for and required by our bodies- the calories can add up

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Ever since I studied Dietetics, I haven’t bothered with drastic diet changes to achieve goals because I know how short term, unsustainable and depressing they are. Changes I make are small, almost unnoticeable and spread across days and weeks

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EASY WAYS TO CUT CALS⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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If you’re trying to lose weight then it can be easy to overdo the cals on even seemingly healthy meals like stir fry!

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FULLER FOR LONGER?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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OTT on the Oats?

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