Would you please stop counting your calories? All calories are not the same! If you eat 300 calories of sugar do you really think it has the same effect on your body as 300 calories of lettuce? Of course it doesn’t.
What exactly is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of energy consumption by the cells. Nothing else. It is a legitimate measure, but it is not the only measure. There is more happening in the body than only the intake of energy. Since calories are a measure of the quantity of heat produced by its consumption, it’s like saying that gasoline has more calories per portion than diesel, and then turn around and say that it is better to put diesel in your gasoline engine because it’s more efficient. You see the problem here? Well that is what a lot of people do every day, as they think they are making better health choices by reducing their caloric intake.
Different foods will trigger different mechanisms in the body. Fats, for example, take a long time to digest, and are essential to the body. I’m talking about good, healthy fats. Contrary to popular beliefs, when you ingest them, they will not make you fat. That is an error. Fats don’t make you fat. Certain fats, like hydrogenated fats will disrupt your body, because digestion happens at the molecular level. Well, when you disorganize the molecules of fats (i.e. adding hydrogen to molecules of polyunsaturated fat) you will impact digestion.
A highly processed sugar, which has a short carbohydrate chain will be processed very quickly by the body because it takes less time to break down than a long chain carbohydrate. Makes sense, right? Because of that quick absorbtion, the body will receive a large amount of sugar. It will trigger the pancreas to produce a lot insulin, as fast as possible, to metabolize that overload of sugar into energy, and re-balance the blood sugar level. When you eat a lot of short chains carbohydrates, or processed sugar, your body will do its job and produce a lot of insulin. Over time, this process may overwork your pancreas and create higher peaks of insulin. Too much insulin will remove too much sugar, and will in turn result in low blood sugar… This will make you hungry, and make you eat more food, craving for more sweets. At that point you entered an addictive cycle with your food… Sadly most processed foods contain some form of highly processed sugar. These include diet foods. If you want to lose weight, or simply be in shape, you should drop the idea of counting calories. This is a fallacy and it is simply wrong.
Your brain relies heavily on the food you supply your body. So if you provide only junk, your brain will produce junk. Garbage in, garbage out. If you are concerned about any brain dysfunctions, look at what you put in your plate first. A diet made of natural things, such as organic vegetables, grass fed beef, and healthy oils will ensure an optimal overall shape and mental health.
The human body is not just an acidic dump in which you can poor anything, and expect it to magically dissolve everything. The human body is a complex machine, that is made, amongst other things, to process food… real food. If you eat food that has been engineered in any way, shape, or form, you can expect your body to react to it in a negative fashion. Sometimes it doesn’t show right away, but down the line it will. There is really no magic way around it. Digestion happens at a molecular level. With nutrition you just have to sweat the small stuff.
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