There are a lot of myths surrounding weight loss that you need to stop believing, there is one, however, that personal trainers and researchers can agree on:
Not all calories are created equal when it comes to weight loss.
Yes, if you were to eat a gram of protein, you get 4 calories, a gram of carbohydrates is also 4, and Fat jumps to 9 calories per gram, these are indisputable facts.
At this stage, I feel that most people have the basics down that in order to lose weight, you’re told to cut your calories to achieve a negative calorie deficit. This is true you do need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight, however, the quality of the calorie has a huge bearing on your weight loss and for many of us, it will be just as important as how much you eat.
For example, you will lose more weight by eating lean cuts of protein, high-quality carbohydrates, and easily digestible carbs, it will be considerably easier to gain weight by eating highly processed foods, sugar, and high-glycemic carbohydrates, processed meats, and trans-fats. This is mostly because highly processed foods are more palatable, being much easier to overeat, and often are not as filling as good quality, unprocessed, fresh foods.
Different foods act very differently once they are digested and absorbed by your body. Foods rich in fiber, healthy fats, and a vast array of vitamins and minerals take longer to digest, therefore having a positive impact on your blood sugar (much slower increase).
Plus, these same foods impact your body’s ability to release hormones that boost meal satisfaction, therefore can help to prevent overeating at other meals. Certain foods, like protein, may positively impact your metabolism (speeding it up), therefore boosting weight and body fat loss. This will lead to improvements, not only in how you look but the status of your health.
One of the biggest myths in weight loss is that all calories are created equal which it may not be. Some foods contain “healthier” calories, which help to regulate your appetite, stabilise and control your blood sugar, and increase your metabolism. So remember: When you’re starting a weight loss plan, the quality of the foods you eat is just as important as how many calories you’re currently eating.
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