Now I’m normally the type of person who goes through life with the mantra of; live and let live, each to their own, if it works – do it. But I’ve recently heard that Slimming World are telling their members that Curly Wurlys are ‘less of a sin’ than avocado. I cannot sit back and watch the poor old humble avocado is get its name dragged through the mud by a Curly Wurly – I say no way buster!
Let’s take a moment to understand the thought process behind this. The Slimming World diet plan is based on calorie control not specifically ‘types of food’ so this puts anything with a high fat content top of the no-no list. This logic would make perfect sense over half a century ago when the study claiming that fat made you fat was concocted.
Fortunately today we know a lot more about proper nutrition and the way the body responds to food. Fat doesn’t make you fat and eating proper food is the best thing for your body, especially if you’d like to lose weight.
If you avoid fat your whole life you’ll do more harm than good. You’ll wreak havoc with your metabolism, limit a range of essential nutrients your body needs to function, constantly be battling the ‘yo-yo’ of lose-a-pound, gain-a-pound and become addicted to and dependant on high sugar low fat diet foods.
Let’s see how the nutrition in the two products in question stack up.
Nutrition per Curly Wurly
Calories: 115 cal
Saturated Fat: 2.6g
Nutrition per Avocado
Calories: 322 cal
Saturated Fat: 4g
You can see that the humble avocado has double the calories of a Curly Wurly but if you look a little closer it has a ton of HEALTHY fat & loads of FIBER too… also I’m not sure if you’ve realised but IT’S A REAL FOOD. The avocado (being calorie and nutrient dense) will keep you full for ages, it won’t impact your blood sugar sending you onto the blood sugar rollercoaster and it’ll provide a bunch of beneficial nutrients essential for health.
I think the take home message is here this:
If you have a weight concern this will be the result of poor lifestyle choices. Weight gain is the side effect of unhealthy living. If you want to fix this problem (lose excess weight) the answer is simply addressing the route cause of the problem – the lifestyle. Not restricting health fats and healthy foods and turning to processed diet foods.
Stop treating the symptom (weight gain) and fix the problem (poor lifestyle and diet choices) and your weight (the side effect) will fix itself! Have a great day and go buy some delicious avocados!