Calories Are About Quality Not Quantity
Counting calories and using a points tracker to lose weight? Well, calorie restriction is perhaps one of the biggest hoaxes in the health food industry today.
We’ve all bought into it. Eat less. Watch your calories. Calories matter.
In fact, my husband and I were out shopping on Black Friday, and we saw right on a vending machine a sticker that said “Calories matter—read the back of the bottle.”
The marketing messages are everywhere, being pushed down our throat, and we are buying into it in droves.
We think we’re doing “healthy” things by eating half portions, ordering full meals off the appetizer menu, or leaving the last bite on the plate just to make us feel better that we didn’t get those last few calories.
We see it everywhere. There are now 100-calorie packs for snacks, individually portioned to make us think that they’re a healthier snack just because the calorie load is less. We even see it in diet sodas that literally have zero calories.
But clearly calorie restriction is not working. We’re still bigger than ever, craving more foods, and eating more and more. But why?
Answer this question. Is your body a calorie counter or is it a science lab?
Let me phrase it another way. When you eat a 100-calorie donut or 100 calories of organic, raw cashews, does your body look at those the same? Does your body digest those and use them in the same way? Of course they don’t!
Your body will find and utilize a lot more energy and mileage out of those cashews than from that donut.
So in other words, the number of calories you consumed is irrelevant.
Our bodies are amazing and intelligent, and are incredible science labs.
Our bodies are taking everything we eat and breaking it down into the raw material that comprises what we’re eating. Then, our body begins to sift through that raw material to see what it can use.
Where are the nutrients, the proteins, the carbohydrates? What about the healthy sugars, amino acids, and vitamins? It takes what it can use, and everything else gets sifted through your colon to dispose of as waste.
But what if your colon or liver is backed up so much that it can’t process all that waste, anything as far as preservatives, unnatural ingredients, or extra ingredients?
All that waste will get stored in your fat cells, and your body will say, “I’ll deal with these later.”
Now, here’s the kicker. If what you just ate is high calorie but really low in nutrients, you could consume an entire pizza and still be hungry in an hour.
Because your body is taking everything it can use and storing the rest in your fat cells. And if there’s not a lot that it can use, it’s going to send the message back to your brain that says, “I’m still hungry.” This is simply how we are being overfed yet undernourished.
So remember, it’s not about restricting yourself from calories.
All calories are not created equal. If you ate something very nutrient-dense, such as organic, raw foods, you would not be able to eat the same amount that you could if you were stuffing your face with junk food and other empty calorie foods.
That would be physically impossible, because your body will be able to use every bit of it for nutrients, and it can only use so much of it at a time.
Calorie restriction has nothing to do with weight loss, and portion control has nothing to do with health.
How many diets have you tried that had you counting calories and limiting your portions?
Did they work?
If you’re like us, they might have worked for a short term, but then you felt starved and gained more weight than before.
If you take nothing else away, just remember this. You don’t even need to count calories or watch your portions when you get foods that have nutrients packed in them that your body can use.
It’s all about quality, not quantity.