The subject of whether or not we need to count calories is a very important one to me. My clients will say things to me like, "I can't eat avocadoes. They have too many calories." or, "How long do I have to run if I eat a hamburger?"
I know most of us have thought this way forever but it's time to change. My whole mission is to clear up the misinformation about food and our health. We need to realize that food is not just calories. Most importantly, food is information!
We do want to be sure that calories are taken into consideration because we can over do it even with healthy foods. However, the foods that we choose are not just calories. They also send signals to our bodies. They are like little messengers. So when we are choosing highly processed, sugary foods that total 100 calories over whole, natural foods of the same calorie count, we are sending opposite signals to the body and the body will react differently to each.
The sugary foods will increase our blood sugar which spikes insulin. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. Some of the calories you just consumed from the processed food is now joining your fat cells...increasing their size. They don't put that on the package, do they?
Now, what about the 100 calories from whole, natural foods. Lets assume it was 100 calories from protein. Right off the bat, about 20% to 35% of the calories in protein are required for the digestion of it. Compare that to the 5% - 15% required for the digestion of the sugary carbohydrates. Also, where the sugar is stored in the fat cells increasing their size, the protein is used to increase the size of your muscles. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest.
Protein is also more satiating than sugar. For one, it simply takes longer to digest. Also, because it has the nutrients that our bodies need, hormone signals are sent to reduce our hunger. Sugar gives us non of the macronutrients our bodies require to be healthy. Therefore, we get none of the satiety signals needed to reduce our hunger. Think about it, you can only eat so much steak. Cookies, those we have to stop ourselves from eating.
It all has to do with the way our bodies were created millions of years ago. First and foremost, our body's job is to keep us alive. Our bodies know what nutrients we need and how much we need of them to stay healthy and survive the next famine. If we don't get those nutrients, our bodies send signals through hormones to increase our appetite and slow down our metabolism.
Have you ever said to yourself, "Why am I never full?" If you are only worried about calories and never about nutrients, that's your answer. There are reasons why the foods that were put on this earth are filled with nutrients. We NEED them! This is why the diets that tell you to just count your points or to eat foods from a box only work in the short term. They will set you up for a hormonal domino effect of increased hunger and fat storage.
This is why I have chosen the route of whole foods living for myself and my clients. I love showing people how changing the foods they're eating will begin to change their lives. When you are supplying your body with all that it needs you start to sleep better, have more energy, clear up skin problems, balance your hormones, and release stored fat!
Weight loss and good health can be yours. All you need is the right information and guidance. I would love to help you. If you feel inspired, contact me for some more information.