Calories are what your body needs to run on. They are the fuel that propels your body throughout your day. They are completely essential for life. You simply would not be able to survive if you did not take in enough calories for your body to burn for fuel. With that being said, you have to understand that not every calorie is equal. So now we should explore why and how calories are different so that you can understand what kind of calories you need in your daily life. We can basically break it down to three main types.
Fats are not your enemy
You need fat. You need fat so that your organs are safe. You need fat to keep your metabolism in check. You just plain need fat to live. Calories that break down from fats, like high carb snacks, burn through your body rather quickly. These are calories that come from desserts, sodas, and sugary snacks. These are bad. These will not help you lose weight.
Okay, so fats are good. You need fats, yet you are told that they will make you unhealthy. However, there are some much needed fats that will help your metabolism run smooth. These are your omega threes. These good fats are from fish, like salmon and tuna. They can come from nuts also. They are your friend. Research has proven that without some of these fats, your metabolism will run slow.
Take in some protein
Calories that you get from your protein are healthy calories. They are calories that your body will use to maintain and even build some new cells. They slow down digestion. The way that they slow down digestion helps you to feel fuller longer. These good calories come from meat, peanut butter, and even some nuts.
The calories that you get from protein are better for you than the ones you get from fat because, while you need some fat, your body can use them more efficiently to help your body to bounce back from the normal wear and tear that it faces on a daily basis.
Oh the dreaded carbs
Everyone goes on and on about a low carb or no carb diet. The problem with restricting the calories you get from these carbs is that your body needs a certain amount of carbs so that you have the burst of energy that you need, especially when working out. There is a difference in the types of carbs that you should be spending your daily calorie allowance on. You still need to avoid the empty type, think simple sugars and fructose. Go for potatoes, rice, and pasta. These will help your body by giving you a boost of fiber as well.
Here it is broken down by the numbers
There once was a study that put groups into four different groups. Group A had an allowance that consisted 60% of daily calories came from carbohydrates, 20% from fats, and 20% from protein. Group B was allowed 40% of calories came from carbohydrates, 40% from fat, and 20% from protein. And finally there was group C which was allowed 10% of calories came from carbohydrates, 60% from fats, and 30% from protein. Those who had at least 45% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 25% protein were the final group. That final group lost 15% of their body fat in just one month.
So there you have it. Nope not all calories are equal, but all calories are needed. Keep in mind as you are planning your meal that you need to balance out your calorie intake. It is less about counting calories and more about rationing the type of calories that you get. If you do it this way, you are sure to have a balanced and healthy body.