Calories What Do They Really Mean?

There has been a huge push for restaurants to post the calorie information for consumers. While this may make us more aware of the amount of calories a food contains, it does not tell the whole story. It is just as important, if not more, to understand the nutrient content of the food as well-not. Not only for fat loss if that is a goal, but also for fueling our bodies properly.

I am sure you have heard before that fat loss is about the ratio of calories in versus calories out. You have also heard that burning more calories than you consume will equal fat loss. However, that oversimplified approach is really a huge nutritional myth.

In fact, calories from different foods are digested, absorbed, and stored differently in the body. So while it is important to be aware of how much we are eating (total caloric intake) it is also important to be eating the right types of foods (nutrients).

Research has shown that eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat is the ideal way to keep your weight in check and keep you healthier. Eating foods higher in saturated fats and/or with too much sugar can lead to weight gain and also become a health risk.
For example, if you drink a diet soda, which has zero calories versus water, (which also has zero calories), the water is always better. Both have the same amount of calories, but the diet soda contains artificial sugars, which your body treats as sugar. It can cause increased hunger and weight gain.

So next time you are considering the amount of calories a food has, also look at its nutritional content. How much protein does it have? How much fiber? How much sodium and sugar? Is it high in saturated fat? Does it contain healthy fats?

Eating right does not have to be complicated. But it is also not as simple as just considering the number of calories a food contains.

Information from Body Training Systems- The Biggest Mover. And Dr. Jane Pentz.

Michelle’s ability to wear many hats has made her a valuable asset to the Y.E.S. Fitness team.

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