Posted on April 25 2018
In the first blog post in this nutrition series, I talked about the importance of nutrition and how fundamental it is in the way you look and feel. Grasping that concept is the foundation on which all-further understanding and application will take place during your health and fitness journey. This next point, is equally as important, especially when it comes to your specific goals:
IN YOUR FOOD, THERE ARE CALORIES.
These calories come from three main macronutrients: proteins, carbs, and fats (more on macronutrients here) which your body needs a specific amount of calories from these three sources to not only run properly, but to successfully meet your goals, especially where muscle gain and fat loss are concerned. The amount of calories that you need to maintain your current weight and body composition (muscle vs. fat) can be adjusted for when you want to lose or gain weight.
To gain weight, or muscle, you need to eat more calories than you need in a given day.
To lose weight, or fat, you need to eat fewer calories than you need in a given day.
This means that eating a surplus of calories will result in weight gain whether they come from donuts or quinoa salad.
Now, in no way am I suggesting that it’s a good idea to eat the proper amount of calories you need every single day solely from donuts, or any other processed or refined source for that matter. I’m simply stating that once the food is consumed and broken down within the body, calories are calories, regardless of what source they stem from.
SO THEN, ALL CALORIES ARE EQUAL?
Micros are the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential to our health and well being that your body needs in trace amounts. In nutrition, the word ‘essential’ means that your body cannot produce them on their own and that they need to be consumed through diet to ensure that you’re getting adequate amounts. Micros are usually abundant in fruits and veggies, especially the orange, red, and green varieties, and are nearly nonexistent in processed, refined, or overcooked foods.
Even though micronutrients do not provide us with life sustaining calories, they are used in the body for biological process such as cell renewal and the anti-aging process. The widely known term “super food” is another way of saying nutrient dense and refers to the high levels of micronutrients in that given food, so stock up!
THE BOTTOM LINE?
Focusing on the calorie content of food is important for weight gain and loss but choosing foods that also contain high levels of micronutrients is an essential component to your body’s health and well being. In order to keep your body ini optimal health, make sure you are eating a combination of fruit, vegetables (both raw and cooked), nuts, and seeds every single day.