Tuesday, August 20
You may have heard someone say "A calorie isn't necessarily a calorie" or "Not all calories are equal," but what does that really mean? And is it really true?
When it comes to weight loss and gain total energy (calories) consumed and energy burned are what matter. The law of energy balance always wins, but some foods affect your energy burning more than others.
In the post below you can read how some foods, like protein, have a greater thermic effect, meaning more calories are burned during digestion. That means you'll get less weight gain from protein than you might from more easily digestible foods of with the same calorie count.
Then there's the fact that some foods are loaded with fiber, which affects how much of the food actually gets digested and absorbed. Some foods make you feel more full too, so you end up eating less, which can help with weight loss if that's your goal.
I'd encourage you to read the full post for better understanding. But take note of the following quote:
"Bottom line: While a calorie isn't necessarily a calorie, energy balance nevertheless determines whether you gain or lose weight."
Workout for Tuesday, August 20