Can you spot the difference between these plates of food?

Sarah Carty

Eating healthy may seem like a walk in the park for some people but this Australian dietician has just revealed that it might not be as easy as it seems.

Most of us believe that if a burger, fries, or sauce-based dish isn’t on our plate, then we’re going in the right direction.

However, an Australian dietician has proved that adding foods we think are healthy to our meals might actually be wrecking out diet.

Paula Norris, who goes by the name movingdietician on Instagram, took to her social media account to post a series of photo, asking them to ‘spot the difference’ between a number of dishes.

While they all look nearly identical, some of them shockingly have nearly double the number of calories than the other.

Paula, who claims she isn’t promoting calorie counting in any way and her photos are there to ‘demonstrate the impact that ingredient manipulation can have on the overall calories in a meal’.

Take a look at some of the pictures below to see what the difference actually is.

One of these dishes has nearly double the number of calories than the other. Photo: Instagram/Paula Norris

In this photo, the dish on the left has 800 calories, while the plate on the left has 465 calories.

They may look the same, but it turns out that the extra calories in the dish on the left are coming from the quantities of food.

The dish on the left has 50g feta, 200g sweet potato, 4 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1/4 small capsicum, 1/6 medium zucchini, 1 cup cooked quinoa, 180g poached chicken, dressing of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
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The dish on the righ contains 25g feta, 100g sweet potato, 8 cherry tomatoes, 1 cup baby spinach, 1/2 small capsicum, 1/3 medium zucchini, 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 120g poached chicken, dressing of balsamic vinegar.

The ingredients are the same in this dish but they have different quantities. Photo: Instagram/Paula Norris

In this photo, the ingredients are the exact same, but they just have very different quantities.

The dish on the left has 770 calories and the one on the right has 405 calories.

On the left, the dish includes, 180g steak (untrimmed), 1tsp oil (to cook steak), 2 cups lettuce, 4 rings red onion, 50g avocado, 1cup cooked rice noodles, 30g cucumber, 2 cherry tomatoes, 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp lime juice and 1 tsp soy sauce.

The dish on the right includes 100g steak (trimmed) and grilled (without oil), 2 cups lettuce, 4 rings red onion, 25g avocado, 1/2cup cooked rice noodles, 50g cucumber, 4 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 medium carrot, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp lime juice and 2 tsp soy sauce.

The last picture is what Paula calls a ‘sneaky salad’, with one of the dishes containing ‘heavy dressing. Photo: Instagram/Paula Norris

The last picture is what Paula calls a ‘sneaky salad’, with one of the dishes containing ‘heavy dressing.

Coming in at a whopping 995 calories, the dish on the left contains 1 cup cooked pearl barley, 70g haloumi, 1/3 zucchini, 2 florets broccoli, 1/4 capsicum, 50g eggplant, 3 cherry tomatoes, 200g poached chicken, 1/2 cup herbs, dressing of 2tsp EVOO and 2tsp Balsamic vinegar.

Meanwhile, the dish on the right has 535 calories, because it contains 1/2 cup cooked pearl barley, 35g haloumi, 2/3 zucchini, 5 florets broccoli, 1/2 capsicum, 100g eggplant, 5 cherry tomatoes, 100g poached chicken, 1/2 cup herbs, dressing of 2 tsp balsamic vinegar and 2tsp seeded mustard.

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