Tina Williams Presents

{February 26, 2012}   no two calories are the same

We’ve all heard it. Burn more calories than you consume, and you’ll lose weight. Simple, right? Then why doesn’t it work for a lot of people. Because no two calories are the same. Well, technically – and biologically they are. But the psychological and physical effects a calorie has on a person will change.

Recently I heard a doctor say, and this is profound, “Americans are consuming more calories today then ever before. But we are still starving.” What did she mean? It means we are malnourished. I know, when thinking of malnourished you think of the starving kids in Africa, right? Well yes, they are malnourished. But, so are we.

It was explained to me simply. If someone eats a 1000 calories a day and it’s all onion rings, and the other person eats a 1000 calories a day and it’s all leafy greens, vegetables, and proteins then one is going to gain weight, while the other loses. Think about the effect that a 1000 calories per day onion ring diet would have? First, you don’t even get that many onion rings. There are 200 calories for every 3 onion rings, and 63% of those calories is fat. So you’d get to eat 15 onion rings and you’re done for the day. From those onion rings, you’ve consumed 630 calories of fat.

Now let’s go to the person who’s taking in a 1000 calories with the spinach salad, veggies and so forth. 1 cup of spinach salad has 107 calories. Let’s say you add a whole tomato, (22 cal’s) a whole cucumber (45 cal’s), carrots (45 cal’s) – and you splurged and added ranch dressing. 137 cal’s per 1 oz. Your salad meal was less than 300 calories, add a flame grilled chicken breast for 227 calories.  That’s about 500 calories. You still have 500 calories left for the day to consume. You’ve also consumed Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. By the way, that’s from the spinach alone. How do you think your body is feeling? You may have enjoyed the onion rings more, but your body didn’t.

Still think calorie counting is the way to go? It is. You still don’t want to consume too many calories, and you don’t want to consume too little either. Speaking to a nutritionist or doing some research to find out what calorie intake your body needs would be the first step. Exercise to your show your heart some love – and just remember that no two calories are the same. So to speak.


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