Calories are not tiny creatures that make our clothes tight. If weight loss is your goal, look not to the calories, but to the sugar and carbohydrates. Calories are a unit of energy, and not all calories were created equal.
A 300-calorie bagel is not the same as a 300-calorie avocado. One will cause weight gain & inflammation, whereas the other will slide under the radar and provide nutrition.
Can you guess which does what?
Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Consume something “caloric,” and then insulin does its job – it’s pumped out of the pancreas to deal with whatever it is you ingested. Consume something in the sweet and/or starch category, then insulin is forced to work harder. It spikes by 200-300% above normal. When this happens all the time, we wreck our blood sugar, deplete insulin, and become diabetic (Type 2).
Excess insulin causes inflammation.
Inflammation causes disease. Cancer, heart disease, brain disease, gut disease… etcetera, etcetera… It’s cause & effect. You eat crap, you get crap. Period.
I like to remind everyone that being over weight – obese – shouldn’t be the primary focus. Obesity is merely a symptom caused by years of consuming bread, pasta, crackers, biscuits, cake, pies, cookies, waffles, pancakes, candy, beer, margaritas… Every “little bit” accumulates damage. I learned that the hard way, when I looked in the mirror, over decade ago, and saw a 120-pound overweight, pre-diabetic, junk food junkie. No sir, I didn’t like it. So, I did something about it. I changed my lifestyle for the better. I ignored fad diets and listened to scientific logic, instead.
If you follow a diet that suggests whole grains are healthy, and says high-fructose corn syrup, bread, etc. “in moderation” is fine, think about what I said on insulin – that’s science, not opinion. Whole Grains are not – I repeat: NOT healthy. See my article entitled Our Brain on Wheat, Carbs, & Sugar.
For millions of years, we human beings consumed fatty meat and seafood. We ate above-the-ground vegetation, when meat was difficult to obtain. We did intermittent fasting – we didn’t nibble all day, spiking insulin. We consumed only what repairs, restores, and strengthens our cells & tissue, when required. Protein & fats. That’s the ticket. But, when baked goods and sweet treats materialized, so did a butt ton of disease. Coincidence?
We are meant to consume real, whole food that aligns with our ancestral diet. Not this manufactured “carbage” everyone seems to be hooked on.
By the way, do you know what does not trigger insulin?
Saturated Fat, which comes from animal protein.
Monounsaturated Fat, which comes from avocados, olives, and coconuts…
Polyunsaturated Fat, which comes from other plant-based foods.
Omega-3 Fat, which comes from fatty fish, like salmon and sardines…
But, never Trans Fat. That’s inflammatory, man-made crap. If man made it, toss it.
Getting back to calories… They shouldn’t be your focus, when it comes to health / weight control. Your body knows when it’s had enough calories. Just consume them from the appropriate sources.
A 300-calorie bagel will slowly contribute to the destruction of our body and mind, with obesity as a possible byproduct – depending on the speed of your metabolism. Obese or not, you should be concerned about the underlying damage from the wrong food & beverage choices.
A 300-calorie avocado will nurture our body, with zero worry of weight gain — unless, of course, you combine fats with sugar carbohydrates. I haven’t explained that yet, but the combination is lethal. An example of this would be a hamburger with ketchup (fructose) on a bun (grains/wheat). Don’t cross the streams! Remove the ketchup and, yes, toss the bun!
You are what you eat, but do you know what you’re eating?