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A Dietitian Explains How Your "Healthy" Dinner May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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. So if you're trying to move some weight you need to be aware of portions of even good fats. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔸On the left • Large (220g) Salmon fillet (when raw) • 2tsp oil for pan frying • 1 serve (~200g) soba noodles • 1 Tbsp Edamame • 1/4 carrot - julienned • 1/2 cup cooked spinach • 25g Broccoli (~2 florets) • 1/2 medium Avocado 🥑 • 1 tsp lime juice • 1/4 cup basil • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔹On the right • Small (150g) Salmon fillet (when raw) baked without added fat • 1/3 serve (~70g) soba noodles • 2 Tbsp Edamame • 1/2 carrot - julienned • 3/4 cup cooked spinach • 50g Broccoli (~2 florets) • 2 cherry tomatoes • 1/4 medium Avocado 🥑 • 1 tsp lime juice • 1/4 cup basil • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A fish spot the difference for you @judithhross 😚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Although a meal may look healthy, that doesn't mean it's a good idea to eat as much as you can in one sitting. Dietitian Paula Norris, known as movingdietitian on Instagram, posted a side-by-side photo to prove a point. Both meals are complete with salmon, vegetables, edamame, avocado, and soba noodles. But there's a huge difference between the two pictures.

"Both of these meals are healthy but depending on your goals you may make some modifications for more or less calories," Paula wrote. "This one is also important as while good fats are of course amazing for and required by our bodies- the calories can add up. So if you're trying to move some weight you need to be aware of portions of even good fats."

The dish on the right has half the amount of edamame and avocado, a much smaller piece of salmon, a third of the amount of soba noodles, and double the amount of broccoli. It's 625 calories, while the dish on the left is 1,065 calories. That's a huge difference! So if you're trying to lose weight and eat healthy at the same time, remember that every little bit counts.

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