No matter how much scientific evidence to the contrary, many people are still stuck on calories in vs. calories out. Some professionals in health and fitness included. This calculation does not work. It would mathematically be impossible to lose weight if we lost weight by trying to take in fewer calories than we expend. The math doesn’t work and neither does starving yourself.
If that is the case and you do one of these workouts per day, and obviously intake more than 120 calories of food in a day, we could conclude that we should be gaining tons of weight per day. This is clearly not the case.
Calories are not the key. So what do we need to monitor to lose weight?
This country has been beaten over the head with those white rectangles on the back of our food products call Nutritional Facts. Here you will find the so-called “facts” about what you are buying. What you need to look for…and you really need to search for it because it is printed in a font that you would need a telescope to see, are the ingredients.
I’ll say that again because it is THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE I can give. Skip the Nutritional Facts and read the ingredients list!
If you are one of my clients you already know this information. Nevertheless, I have worked with many people who, even after being told this priceless piece of info, are so conditioned from our country’s obsession with counting fat, carbs, sugar and calories they are still drawn to that big white rectangle like moths to a flame.
Let’s take a look at a couple examples of how calorie counting doesn’t work and how INGREDIENTS are more important.
Let’s use a 100-calorie “snack pack” that has become so popular these days. It’s only one hundred calories…awesome!
In the photo below you can see wonderful, metabolism slowing ingredients like sugar, soy lecithin, dextrose, partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, soy and artificial colors.
These ingredients not only slow your metabolism which will make you gain weight, some of them actually make your blood receptors crave more food…preferably junk food. This is junk food.
So what is a better alternative?
Almonds. 14 almonds have 100 calories.
So if we were to choose between 180 calories of almonds and the 100 calories of toxic garbage in the snack pack pictured above, which do you think would better aid our bodies in losing weight, providing nutrients, satisfying cravings and giving us energy while speeding up our metabolisms?
The almonds do all these things and more. Use calories as a rough guideline to get an idea of the quantity of food you are consuming but I mean a very rough guideline.
Always pay attention to ingredients and eat food that comes from nature…not a factory or chemical plant.
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