"But, you're the good type of fat", one puzzled, slightly over-stuffed, and green-with-envy avocado said to another noticeably leaner avocado, who has clearly been upping his daily protein intake, and smashing his squats, in preparation for his summer body….

So, you're killing your cardio, you're blasting your burpees, you are constantly tottering along like you are 90 years old in the workplace from your daily dose of DOMS; it becomes apparent that your pay-check is being exhausted in the fruit, chicken, and nuts isle, and when you smugly step onto those scales you feel… "what!

8 Ibs?!!!!!! How on earth have I put on 8 ibs?!"

But seriously, how many avocados do you restrict yourself to on a daily basis? Half? One? Two? THREE?! It is a truth universally acknowledged - or perhaps the health gurus have just led us to blindly believe in recent times - that avocadoes, nuts, fruits, grains and the like - nature's rare creations that encompass that elusive juxtaposition (DELICIOUS & - who would have thought it? - HEALTHY!) - can be consumed without fear, without guilt, and most crucially, without portion restriction……Right?!

WRONG! We need to reign in our healthy eating habits - let alone our bad eating habits - according to breaking new evidence in the world of health. As much as I truly love and worship Women's Health magazine and inhale its pages religiously, I cannot deny feeling a tad disheartened after learning the jaw-dropping News in the July/August issue: "are superfoods supersizing you?' "The truth is" states Women's Health, "clean eating does not mean free-from or calorie-free - in fact, in some cases, the calories are higher.

[ … ] Healthy doesn't mean you can eat twice as much". Terrible news, I think we're all agreed, and to make matters even worse, "three nuts a day is plenty", while "a whole avocado mashed up on your morning toast for breakfast is too much fat". Is it time to ditch those "guilt and gluten-free sweet-potato brownies", the entire batch of which - come now be honest, we are all friends here - you devour the same evening that you pealed those potatoes, and aim for what experts are calling the "Balancing Act"?

"Eating superfoods", states Nutritionist Daniel O'Shaughnessy, "doesn't mean we can ignore the other basic rules of weight management - portion control, limiting fats and limiting carbs. [ … ] The best way to thrive on a superfood diet is by eating lean sources of protein - meat, fish, eggs, yoghurt [ … ] with above-ground vegetables, which have none of the starchy carbs". Thinking about it, I was recently in the nut and seed isle checking out some pumpkin seeds at 19g fat/100g seeds; on second thoughts, I can live without that extra 'crunch' in my salads. Perhaps we have got so consumed with the prospect of engulfing more protein, and more "good" fats, that we have completely forgotten that this inevitably means more calories: "Fat has 9 calories/g, Women's Health reminds us, and nuts are 50-75% fat".

There is hope, however, to place our weight-aching limbs back onto the holy grail of lean righteousness: for, the main culprit, and an easy one to eliminate is, as Women's Health reports, that notorious "Smoothie Operator". "People just chuck things in - almond butter, protein powder, coconut oil, half an avocado, you've basically downed 700 calories before your body even has time to register it", states author of vegan cookbook Superfoods, Julie Montagu.

Back to my analogy (yes, there was a point to it), we all have that one friend who focuses less on their smoothie-ruled, protein-rich, essential-fat orientated diet than we do, and yet we all feel surprised (needless to say, cheated) when she/he turns out to be the leaner avocado.

Calling all puzzled, over-stuffed, and yes, GREEN-WITH-ENVY avocados, hop on the tight rope and learn to master the "Balancing Act" fast. For the "true superfood", reports Women's Health expert, the one rule-of-thumb, or shall we say, rule-of-palm is - sorry friends - "a palm-sized portion will do".

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