Subway or Sushi?

The other day I was sitting in a cafe and I happened to overhear a conversation that a guy next to me was having on the phone.

One thing really stuck out and grabbed my attention “No mate you had sushi yesterday, just have subway today.” The implication being that Subway is a fundamentally healthier option than sushi. I literally got out my phone, opened my notes and typed this out so I didn’t forget it.

The main reason I wanted to share this is because far too many people are being given the wrong advice when it comes to nutrition. What I mean by this is that marketing tricks and fad-diets lead us to believe that certain foods will make you gain fat whereas others will help you get lean. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here are some facts about the health benefits of having Subway or Susi in your diet:

Sushi is not bad for you.

Subway is not bad for you.

Sushi won’t automatically make you fat.

Subway won’t automatically make you fat.

Sushi contains calories.

Subway contains calories.

And that’s all that matters. The idea that certain foods are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is what causes a bad relationship with food and the mindset that certain foods will make you gain weight overnight.

In the case of the subway vs sushi for lunch, it all comes down to which one would work better for you and your daily calorie  and macronutrient intake. There’s no such thing as good or bad foods (there are however foods that have a higher nutrient value than others), every food choice contains calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats. If you are eating below your maintenance calorie intake (burning more energy than you’re taking in) you will lose weight over time, regardless of what you eat. It’s that simple. If you’re eating above your maintenance calorie intake (taking in more energy than you’re burning) over an extended period of time you will gain weight, regardless of what food’s you are consuming to make up those calories.

Try not to make things more complicated than they need to be, keep it simple and be sure to have some form of variety in your food choices to keep things interesting.

*Side note: 9 times out of 10 Subway will have just as many, if not more, calories than sushi.


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