Calories are important. But should you really count every calorie you consume? Read the truth about this hype. Is it about burning as many calories
Calories are important. But should you really count every calorie you consume? Read the truth about this hype.
Is it about burning as many calories as you take in? Is exercise important only to burn calories? Do you burn them when you sweat? Do labels and calorie counters always indicate the correct amount? Eight misconceptions about calories:
1. It’s about calories that you take in and that you burn
If this were true, wouldn’t you lose weight from a Mc Donalds diet? You will lose some weight, but this myth completely ignores the quality of food. In other words, this myth ignores the importance of vegetables, healthy fats, proteins and more. You can of course eat fast food all your life, but then you will almost certainly get high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. In addition, your life would be quite short. The myth totally disregards human biology, biochemistry and endocrinology. Some people eat “just the right” amount of calories and exercise “just” enough and yet they don’t lose weight.
2. A calorie = a calorie
This myth is very similar to the previous one, but is slightly different. Our body reacts differently to, for example, a toffee than to steak. You can eat the “correct” number of calories, but if this contains a lot of sugar, you will still gain weight. A good example is soft drinks. This is in fact nothing but sugar water. If you want to lose weight, get soft drinks from your diet.
3. Calories are indicated correctly
The number of calories on the package is a good estimate at best. In reality, the total number changes in food. It is not known how it is in the Netherlands, but in America the Food and Drug Administration (FSA) gives food manufacturers as much as 15-20 percent latitude in indicating the total number of calories on the package. While all restaurants in America are now required to list the calories of a meal, their calculations are often far from accurate. Do you want to know what you consume? Then cook yourself with fresh ingredients.
4. It matters when you eat calories
The time when you receive something has nothing to do with a healthy weight.
Although it is not a good idea to eat an ice cream before going to bed, the time you consume it has nothing to do with a healthy weight (but of course everything with the ice cream). There are diets where you can eat whatever you want within a certain time. These diets have been repeatedly exposed.
5. Callorie counter is accurate
Because the total number of calories in food varies, these counters are never completely accurate. Do you want to lose weight? Then forget about counting. Instead, look at the ideal number of calories for your body, get a good idea of three balanced meals, and eat them. Anything beyond this is food for a nutritionist.
When it comes to calories that you burn, it is best to take the result of a counter on a fitness machine with a grain of salt. This only gives an indication of the number of calories burned. The meter assumes an average weight and an average combustion. Rather, schedule and maintain a regular exercise schedule.
In any case, it is good to exercise as much as possible. So take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of grabbing the car, and plan fun bike rides alongside your daily exercise.
6. Exercise is only important because it burns calories
Nothing is less true. Exercise not only provides more energy and a strong and healthy body. Exercise also relaxes and is even good for your brain! And that with only twenty minutes of exercise a day. Scientists even argue that exercise is food for the brain.
7. Weight loss = fat loss
Many people think that weight loss is the same as fat loss. Unfortunately, this kite does not work. The reason why low calorie diets don’t work is because you lose muscle in addition to fat. To only lose fat, it is a high quality food. By eating healthy, your body learns how much nutrition it needs. In addition, your metabolism works as it should. High-quality nutrition also keeps your blood sugar and hormone levels in balance.
8. Sweating = burning calories
sports This myth is widespread. Although not entirely untrue, it is not entirely true that you burn calories with sweating. The more you are in shape, the better you can let your body cool down. This actually means you sweat less.
Sweating depends on various psychological and biological processes. While it’s a good sign when you’re sweating (it means you’re moving intensely), it’s not the most important thing about moving.
Calories don’t count
As you can see, much of the knowledge about calories is incorrect. When it comes to your health, it is mainly about common sense, biology and biochemistry.
What does this mean for your daily life? Go for a healthy lifestyle: choose the most nutritious food, eat three hearty meals a day, exercise smart and sleep a lot. It may not be the sexiest way of life, but it does give you a healthy and fit body.
Calories, while important, are only part of a larger whole. More important is your food choice. Go for a large amount of vegetables, some healthy fats and a large portion of high-quality proteins. Don’t get lost in the details. Stick to the basics and stick to it consistently. Then you will certainly notice that calories do not count when it comes to better health and more energy.
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