So I better start with clearing a few things up. I am not actually trying to lose more weight. After years of going up and down with my weight I have finally stabilised at a weight around 57Kg that I am happy with. I find it easy to maintain this weight while still eating delicious and plentiful foods! Im 100% plant based and eat mainly whole foods. I hate counting calories and I still have chocolate EVERY NIGHT!
Ok well now that’s out of the way, I wanted to share with you a little experiment I did last week. I came across a great graphic (see blow) in a FB group that I am in and it got me intrigued. As I mentioned I don’t believe in counting calories as I don’t believe all calories are created equal. However, this graphic did open my eyes to the energy density of food. I found this startling that whole foods such as nuts and seeds were up there higher than more processed things like breads.
THIS GOT ME THINKING.
What would happen if I cut out nuts/seeds & oils from diet for just 1 week? I am on a pretty clean plant based diet already so didn’t want to change anything else. I didn’t reduce any other foods (except decaf coffee because of the almond milk) I just replaced my snacks of nuts and seeds with fresh fruit or a smoothie. I stopped sprinkling my cereal with walnuts and sunflower seeds, cut out oil from my cooking and started roasting veggies in water!
I can honestly say I didn’t notice any difference in the way I felt over the week and was ready to introduce these foods back into my diet and then… I jumped on the scales.
2.5kg loss is 1 week! I actually couldn’t believe it.
I didn’t expect this dramatic change in such a short time. You can bet it has really got me thinking.
Now I wouldn’t suggest everyone go out and immediately cut all nuts and seeds from their diet as I do think they are a healthy option if you are eating them instead of more processed crap. HOWEVER if you are on a weight loss journey and are looking to tweak a few things then this may be a great thing to consider. Oil can be replaced easily by water to roast veggies & stir fry and there are great alternatives like mashed banana and avocado to use as a substitute in baking.
So my journey continues and I will definitely be sticking with no oil as I don’t see it as adding any nutritional value to my diet. I’m going to try and keep my nuts and seed intake to a minimum and use it as a good opportunity to eat more fresh fruit and veg for snacks!
I had fun experimenting and hope you found this useful too if you are trying to reach or maintain your ideal weight.
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