Calories In vs. Calories Out – Whatever!

Last week, I read another article talking about how the only thing that really matters in weight loss is
“calories in versus calories out”. That theory and that attitude makes me want to smack somebody!
The theory is that when you are trying to lose weight, the only thing that matters is burning off more
calories than you take in. There is no talk whatsoever about what type of calories, vitamins, minerals,
etc. That is such a first-grade, remedial view of weight loss and health. I’m really surprised people still
believe it.

People who promote this theory are irresponsible and ignorant about how the body works. Here isoreo1
my response to them. Their simple idea of “calories in versus calories out” assumes that all calories
are equal and that any and all calories act the same in your body. Or, more likely, they don’t even
consider how different types of calories affect your body, your metabolism, your digestive system, your hormones, etc.

Let me give you an example. What do you think would happen if you ate 2,000 calories of Oreos every
day and worked out every day? Oreos are primarily transfats which are bad for your body. Oreos will
not rebuild your muscles after you work out. Muscles burn more calories than fat, so building muscles
helps burn calories. Oreos do not have any vitamins or minerals that help rebuild tissue. Oreos don’t
have enzymes to help digestion. Transfats will create more fat in your body. On the other hand, if you
were to eat 2,000 calories of chicken, fruits, and vegetables, you would get vitamins, minerals, and
enzymes, all of which help to build muscle, digest food, aid in elimination, and assist your thyroid in
controlling your metabolism. If you don’t believe the science, it’s easy to prove. Take the next 30 days
and eat 2,000 calories of Oreos, and go to the gym. Then, when you’re finished, take the next 30 days
and eat 2,000 calories of healthy protein, healthy fat, fruits, veggies, etc. See if you see any difference.
Sheesh!
Bill Shuttic
CCN, CCH, CPT, CMT, CNHP

2017-07-06T20:37:01+00:00

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