A calorie is the measure of the amount of energy in food. It’s easy to become obsessed with counting calories when dieting or watching your weight. The problem is that sometimes we get so focused on eating low calorie foods, we forget that we’re actually supposed to be eating to nourish our bodies.
stop obsessing over calories. tune in to what your body needs.
While it’s good to have a general idea when you’re eating calorie-dense foods, meticulously counting calories is exhausting and makes eating feel like you’re constantly walking on a tight rope. One misstep and on comes the feelings of guilt, and the seemingly unavoidable binge. Life is too short to let food bully you!
By switching to eating whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, with minimal processing, you can change your perspective. Unprocessed foods are naturally lower in calories and more satisfying to our bodies’ needs. They also offer disease-fighting benefits to help us stay healthy.
The simple logic of weight loss/maintenance is calories in vs calories out. If you’re eating more calories than you’re burning, you’ll gain weight. If you’re burning more calories than you’re eating, you’ll lose weight. The general idea is that 3,500 calories = 1 lb. Unfortunately, or FORTUNATELY, it’s not that simple.
When we eat foods that are rich in fiber, whole grains, or protein, our body has to work harder to break them down. It keeps us filling full longer and gives our bodies the nutrients we need. If you spend those same calories on something that is simply sugary (like soda), it spikes our blood sugar and gest converted to fat more quickly. You see, calories are not simply calories- where you are getting those calories from is equally important.
By thinking about eating foods that are real and natural rather than low in calories, a burden is lifted. You can feel proud that you are doing something good for your body rather than constantly restrained and unsatisfied. Let yourself off the hook; stop counting calories and go make choices that will keep your body strong and healthy.