Not All Calories Are Created Equally…

Sugars, white flour, artificial colouring: the definition of ‘fake food’ and ’empty calories’

So the solution to losing weight is easy, right?  You just eat less and exercise more and soon the kilos will be melting off…?  If only it were that easy! 

Let’s take a closer look at calories.  The old days of Weight Watchers were very calorie-focused:  In fact, Weight Watchers’ was purely a calorie counting system.  Clients had to weigh and measure every single morsel that they were going to put in their mouth, as the Weight Watchers ‘diet’ was based on a very strict 1200 calorie per day food intake.  The most peculiar thing though is that while some people lost weight beautifully following this rigid system, some others (who could be bothered following the programme correctly), found that their weight did not budge.  That’s when we began to realise that all calories may not be same.

It seems that calories work differently in different bodies, depending on your genetics, metabolism, activity level and other variables.  So the weight-loss principle of restricting yourself to only 1200 calories per day, no matter which foods those calories come from, is not quite correct. 

Consider this: if you have a slice of cake that contains 500 calories, is that exactly the same as 500 calorie serve of broccoli?  Well, the true part of that statement is that both are WORTH 500 calories, but that is where the similarities end.  Most cakes contain lots of sugar and other processed carbohydrates (like white flour), some fats and even chemicals (especially if iced with food colourings).  Really, the cake is a ‘fake-food’ and contains a lot of ‘empty calories’. 

Broccoli on the other hand is packed with vitamins & minerals and provides valuable antioxidants that the human body needs.  The way your body digests and utilises the calories from broccoli (real food) compared to cake (fake-food) is very different. 

Eating cake will shoot your blood sugar levels very high due to the white flour / sugar content.  This means your body will need to release a lot of insulin to bring the blood sugar levels back to normal.  Insulin is a hormone which accelerates fat storage so eating the cake will certainly promote excess fat stores.  However, eating a similar caloric value serve of broccoli has little effect on blood sugar levels, so the insulin released is minimal.  This means the likelihood of fat storage will be comparatively much less.

Real Food with real nutritional value

Put simply, say you need $100 to pay a bill.  Would you like $100 of real money or Monopoly money?  Which one would help you to pay the bill successfully?  Of course you need the real money, fake money just won’t work.  The same is true with food and calories:  real food will help you lose weight so much better than ‘fake food’!

The Natural Way offers a variety of weight loss eating plans based on REAL food and NO CALORIE COUNTING.    You can lose weight and still have a life with The Natural Way!  To find out more about our programme, phone 1300 SLIMMER (1300 7546637) TODAY!

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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2 Responses to Not All Calories Are Created Equally…

  1. Tama says:

    Absolutely!! Great analagy..

  2. Jennie says:

    Great discussion. Natural eating makes you fuller, have more energy and live longer!!

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