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Have you ever heard the phrase, "A calorie is a calorie?" Those who adhere to this motto believe that the source of the calorie doesn't matter. So that, essentially, if you ate 1,500 calories in potato chips, that would be the same as eating a 1,500 calorie meal consisting of grass-fed steak, sweet potatoes, dressed leafy greens, and fruit.
But guess what? In the body, these calories do NOT function in the same way.
Foods like potato chips, crackers, rice, and bread are very high in carbohydrates. These foods elevate blood sugars which subsequently elevate insulin levels. Our bodies use up sugars quickly and the excess sugars that are not used are stored as body fat. Our bodies process and metabolize fat and protein quite differently, and more nutrient-dense foods create satiety.
We will not become hungry again soon after finishing a protein, healthy fat, and nutrient-rich meal. But after eating refined and processed carbs, we may become hungry again rather quickly since insulin clears our blood sugars and makes us crave more. This can lead to quick weight gain.The type of food matters more than the calories.
Deprivation diets can lead to illness, weakness, and fatigue. Restricting calories may initially cause weight loss but will lead to problems and weight regain down the road. And in fact, it is possible to lose weight without cutting calories. When we are hungry, our bodies want nutrients, not just calories. Getting in adequate nutrients allows our bodies to relax and come into homeostasis which can result in dropping excess pounds.
Toss out the calorie counter. Each person requires a different amount of calories anyway depending on their genetic makeup and lifestyle. Instead, aim to eat nutrient-rich foods that create satiety but do not lead to sugar cravings. If you eat "real foods," calories are not an issue. Excess calories really only matter if they come from refined and processed foods because our bodies and brains don't know when to stop eating them. And don’t restrict yourself from eating any amount of nutrient-dense foods; give your body what it needs to function optimally.
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