Calorie is a calorie right? The number of calories in an item of food is the oppressor for all who wish to be healthy. The fact of the matter is that even looking at a 2000 calorie diet, 2000 calories of donuts is not the same as 2000 calories of spinach. How is that even determined? Here is a quick explanation.
According to science the number of calories is determined by burning it and measuring how much heat it took to consume it completely. However, that is not how the body does it, so what is with that standard? What needs to be looked at is metabolizing food. Simply put the body breaks food down to nutrients (building blocks), protiens (building blocks and energy), glucose (energy) and lipids (energy storage) from there they are sorted for their particular function. Therefore metabolizing should be the measure of a food.
In the end the types of foods are more important than the calorie count. Focus on what you eat and what it will become for the body. Donuts will not become muscle building nutrient packed spinach. Furthermore, focusing on the food is still half the battle since even the food does not have enough of what is necessary to sustain the body. Supplmentation is critical to ensure complete nutrition. There are few truer statements than, “You are what you eat.” Eat what will make the Better You!
Clifford T Mitchem
Nutrition + Fitness = Health