Lots of debate about whether a calorie is REALLY a calorie over the last few months.
Some people saying that it doesn’t matter what you eat.
2000 calories is still 2000 calories no matter where you get it from.
So, if you want to lose weight you’ve simply got to create a calorie deficit .i.e. eat less than your body requires.
Whilst the whole “calorie is a calorie” thing is kinda true…in that it’s a simple measure of how fast food is burnt.
It doesn’t always stack up when it comes to losing el chub.
As I always say 500 calories of sweeties is very different to 500 calories of broccoli.
Why is it different?
It’s all to do with the hormonal affect and inflammation on your bod.
500 calories of sweeties will mess up your body over the long haul, especially if you love nothing more than to scoff a few cheeky sweets in front of the box every night.
Whereas 500 calories of broccoli is likely to bore the hell out of you. :)
500 calories of broccoli is a vast amount of the green stuff, but it at least won’t mess with you blood sugar and spike your insulin so that storing fat is super easy.
Check this out…
In 1956, a study by conducted by Professor Alan Keckwick and Dr. Gaston was published in The Lancet.
This study looked into the different types of calories (carbs, protein and fat) and how each affected weight loss.
At the start of their study, participants were placed into one of four groups:
– Group #1 2000 calories per day
– Group #2 1500 calories per day
– Group #3 1000 calories per day
– Group #4 500 calories per day
No surprise as to which group lost the most chub here, right?
Next the study placed overweight participants on a 1000 calorie per day diet, with different makeups:
– Group #1 1000 calories per day from a balanced diet
– Group #2 1000 calories per day with 90% of those calories coming from carbs
– Group #3 1000 calories per day with 90% of those calories coming from protein
– Group #4 1000 calories per day with 90% of those calories coming from fat
Now, if a calorie is a calorie, as lots of people out there seem to think it is, then all four groups should have lost the same amount of lard over the course of the study.
But of course, that didn’t happen.
The group who ate 90% fat lost the most weight by far.
Followed by the protein group, then the carb group and then the balanced diet group.
Although, it is worth mentioning that those on the 90% fat diet weren’t eating donner kebabs or deep fried mars bars. ;)
So, let’s sum this all up…
Calories are important, but the composition of your diet far outweighs the number of calories you eat when you are looking to burn the fattimus from your assimus.