BODY POSITIVITY + HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGE

Are all calories created equal?

Posted on August 25 2015

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 in the next few blogs) 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 inferring 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?

 NO! and here’s why:

Enter MICRONUTRIENTS.

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 the 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.

4 comments

  • Carla Benedek: August 27, 2015

    @Jasmine More on that coming soon :)

    @Andrea Glad you are enjoying them :)

    @Liz Thank you!

  • Jasmine Rodriguez: August 26, 2015

    Awesome, thanks for all the information you guys put out for your supporters. I’m researching things on veganism and interested in trying it out to see the benefits I can receive from it. Could you maybe post some info, tips, etc. on that subject?

    P.S. Any book recommendations?

    Please and thank you!!!

    Upmost respect,

    Jasmine Rodriguez

  • Andrea Brown: August 26, 2015

    Thank you so much for this article. As I begin my fitness journey I keep hearing about macros and had no clue at what this was!

  • Liz: August 26, 2015

    This information was assome. My daughter and ,I are really trying to stay healthy and keep up with a daily work out .

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