A couple of years ago, every celebrity was promoting avocado toast for weight loss. You’d see avocado toast on every social media, blog, recipe book, etc. Most recently, avocado toast has been getting a bad reputation. Why? Let’s find out.
How does fat loss really work?
In order to lose fat, you have to be in a caloric deficit. A calorie deficit is when you burn more calories than you’re consuming. Your body converts fat to energy when you’re in a caloric deficit. You cannot spot reduce fat or target where your body loses fat.
Common weight loss myths
- “You can spot reduce belly fat.” No, you cannot spot reduce fat. Your body converts fat into energy from different places throughout your body and you cannot target fat loss.
- “Specific foods cause weight gain.” No, eating more calories than you’re consuming contributes to weight gain. Some foods are higher calories than others, but no specific food will cause weight gain.
- “Fats are bad for you.” No, certain fats are very good for your overall health and should be included in your diet. Hint – avocados are loaded with healthy fats.
Do avocados make you gain weight?
This ties into one of the weight loss myths listed above. Eating avocado toast will not make you gain weight as long as you have appropriate portion sizes and aren’t overeating throughout the day. Weight gain is caused by eating more calories than you’re consuming, so one food will not make you gain weight.
Is it bad to eat avocado toast every day?
No! Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Also, whole grain bread has tons of fiber as well. If you’re opting for whole-grain bread then you’re consuming a serving of fiber and healthy fats which is guaranteed to keep you full until your next meal.
I would recommend switching up the toppings on your toast so you get a variety of nutrients and so you don’t get sick of avocado toast. My favorite recipes are avocado toast with arugula and chorizo and egg avocado toast!
How many calories are in 1 slice of avocado toast?
For basic avocado toast, you need a slice of bread and 1/2 an avocado. It depends on what kind of bread you use, but most types of bread are around 50-75 calories per slice. Half of a large avocado has roughly 150 calories. So, one slice of toast has roughly 200-225 calories.
It’s impossible to give an accurate number of calories for all avocado toast recipes. Different recipes have a variety of toppings that add up to different caloric counts and you can calculate those on your own very easily. Add the topping calories to the caloric estimate above.
Healthy toast toppings
Loading your toast up with nutrient dense and low calorie foods is great for weight loss because it fills you up without all the calories. Here are a few low-calorie topping ideas for toast!
- Spinach, arugula, other leafy greens – leafy greens are great for overall health and are very low-calorie. You can load these on top of your toast and have many benefits. Avocado toast with arugula is a great recipe to start with.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes are another nutrient-dense and low-calorie food. Not to mention they taste AMAZING paired with avocado. Avocado toast with tomato is an easy and popular recipe!
- Turkey bacon – Turkey bacon is a low-calorie, high-protein, and nutrient-dense food. It’s a great way to add protein to your avocado toast. You can use turkey bacon in this bacon avocado toast recipe!