The age-old mantra – calories in, calories out – has been the gold standard for EONS. But how accurate is this REALLY?
And more importantly, what are we missing when we focus on calories as the “be all, end all” of how manage our food intake?
The food we eat directly affects the hormones that regulate when and how much we eat, as well as how efficient our metabolism functions.
A diet with adequate protein, for example, can increase the metabolic rate by 80 to 100 calories per day and significantly reduce appetite.
Even more critical is the long term effect that processed foods have on our bodies. Chemicals, additives, and preservatives are added to processed foods to increase shelf life and in many cases are deliberately made to enhance an addictive quality.
Growth hormones and antibiotics are in our meats and dairy.
But many of these additives disrupt the function of our digestive and hormonal system and are actually known as obesogens.
Obesogens can contribute not only to weight gain but heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol, just to name a few.
What this means (in a nutshell) is that broccoli, olive oil, blueberries, and walnuts are going to have a vastly different effect on our hormones and metabolism than the same amount of calories from french fries, donuts, or a bagel.