Two burgers are better than one...
No, that's not the nefarious subliminal messaging of Ronald McDonald emanating from your tellybox adverts, it's actual fact. Well, not fact, but opinion, but the line between the two is increasingly thin.
That's not to say eating burgers will keep you trim, rather that it's better than tucking into the traditional combo of burgers and fries, or burgers and £4.50 double deep-fried wedges if you're in a London gastro pub.
Nutritionist and dietician (RD certified) Emily Field spoke to Business Insider recently to expand on her philosophy about eating the good stuff, and when too much of the good stuff is too much.
They will slowly destroy you (Photo Credit: Creative Commons)
"I want people to be able to approach any food, any situation, and know that they can still make a responsible choice for their body," she told Business Insider, arguing that people need to think about the components of food when eating it, noting the importance of carbs, protein and fats.
Beef is rich in all three, while fries, for example, lack protein while being full of (unhealthy) fats and a hefty amount of carbohydrates.
As well as feeding muscles, protein helps you (the eater) feel full, while carbs produce energy and fats help you (the eater) absorb vitamins and minerals while retaining cell health. It's argued that having a balanced diet including these three element will result in fewer cravings and a desire to binge. Fields argues that if a meal has these elements, it is tickedy-boo.
Fields also spoke about foodstuffs which might make you feel feel initially but lead to a burst of hunger only two hours later. For example, cereal is high in carbs and will fill up the eater (you) for a while, only to lead to a drop in energy a short while later.
It's therefore a good idea to combine it with protein, such as yoghurt, or a slab of tasty meat, even if that might seem like a strange meal of a morning.
Some carbs with that, sir? (Photo Credit - Creative Commons)
She advises her clients to think about this when planning meals in the morning, by asking themselves: "How am I going to feel two hours after I eat that?"
Words: Ronan O'Shea