Are all Calories Treated the Same?
For years we have been focused on calories. But now I believe that not all calories are the same.
There is a simple and logical formula to manage weight. Calories In vs. Calories Out. If you take in more than you expend, you gain weight. If you expend more than you take in you lose weight. Pretty simple math.
However, this formula doesn’t take into account how the body reacts and processes the food. From personal experience I know my body is slow at processing sugar. When I eat too much sugar I gain fat on my body. And when I cut back on sugar I burn my stored fat.
Are You Fed Up?
The documentary film, Fed Up, had a great example of how our bodies react differently to different foods even when the calories are the same.
The example they used was 160 calories worth of almonds vs. 160 calories worth of soda. The almonds contain fiber. The fiber slows down our digestion and keeps our blood sugar levels from spiking. Whereas the soda has no fiber and it is absorbed straight into the liver. This cause a sugar rush and the immediate conversion of sugar to fat.
Both the almonds and the soda have 160 calories but they have very different reactions within our bodies. I know I’d much rather eat the 160 calories of almonds. The almonds provide my body with nutrients and fuel. Where as the soda might give me that immediate “pick-me up feeling” but it is short lived and there is no nutritional value for my body. Plus it will add fat onto my body.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anymore fat on my body. I have been focusing on eliminating added sugar from the food I eat. Yes it’s hard and you’d be surprised not only how much sugar we eat but also what foods have sugar in them.
A lot of the “non-fat” food have added sugar to them to make them taste better. For years I was on the “non-fat” food kick thinking that if I ate foods that didn’t have fat in them then I wouldn’t be adding fat to my body. Wrong! The extra sugar in these foods were adding fat to my body.
The best advice I give the ladies I coach is to read labels and stick to simple whole foods like lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits (the whole fruit not the juice), and healthy fats. Your body needs all these food groups to function properly. And trust me it does not need added sugar to do a great job!