Keeping up with your 2022 diet goals
As everyone’s hard at work following through with their 2022 weight loss goals, we highlight some areas where you may be accidentally gaining some extra kilojoules, with the help of Tom Jenane, the nutrition and fitness expert for Nature’s Healthbox.
According to virtually every expert, the Mediterranean diet is the best of them all.
However, extra virgin olive oil is the primary source of fat in this diet, being made up predominantly of monounsaturated fats.
While there are plenty of health benefits to olive oil, it is the quantity of kilojoules in the oil that makes this a danger.
Many people pour olive oil all over their healthy salads, not realising a single tablespoon contains approximately 500 kilojoules (120 calories).
People also tend not to count the kilojoules in the oil they’re cooking with when counting the kilojoules in their meal, casually adding three tablespoons, which works out at around 1500 kilojoules (360 calories).
One solution to this is to use olive oil sprays, which prevents you from adding too much.
When you see packaging on a ready meal or a snack stating “low fat”, this is normally added to highlight that they’ve lowered the fat content, and therefore are painting the image that this is healthy.
However, when they lower the fat content, they need to ensure it still tastes good, so they’ll often substitute the fat for sugar. The added sugar will spike your insulin and can lead to weight gain.
You should therefore check the nutritional info for the quantity of saturated fat, sugar and the overall kilojoule count, to work out if it fits into your daily allowance.