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Quality vs Quantity in Calories!!!

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I’m sure you’ve heard that a calorie is a calorie and all are created equal, right?
 Hmm…well I hate to burst your little blind-bubble, but that is a LIE!!!!!!! 

Calories are NOT all created equal! It’s about quality, not just quantity! Yes, the amount of calories you eat is important too, but that’s not the main focus!

Yeah yeah, I know that’s a twist in what you’ve always been taught, but let’s talk proof here.

So…for example, let’s take 2 people who are eating 1600 calories a day. Person A eats 1600 calories worth of wholesome food such as apples, greens, oats, chicken, etc. while Person B eats 1600 calories worth of Snickers! They’re both eating 1600 calories right? Well… is there outcome going to be the same? 

Don’t think too hard now…
The answer is NO! I’m not even going to touch on the health of Person B, let’s just look at this from a weight-loss perspective: believe it or not, though they both consumed the same quantity of calories, Person A will lose weight, while Person B will either remain the same or gain! So…clearly calorie counting can’t be your only tactic in this weight-loss war.

I know, right? Take a moment to digest…
And if you want an example that’s not hypothetical (which I’d assume you would), let’s take a study conducted by Harvard! They designed a study on calories and weight loss. They used 3 groups of people.

Group A: Fed a low-fat diet—1,500 calories for women and 1,800 calories for men
Group B: Fed a low-carb diet—1,500 calories for women and 1,800 calories for men
Group C: Fed a low-carb diet, but ate 300 more calories a day than the other groups—1,800 for women and 2,100 for men.

The results? Over 12 weeks, Group B lost the most weight!—an average of 23 pounds compared to 17 pounds Group A. (That’s six more pounds of weight loss over just 12 weeks.)

Their difference? The low-carb diet was mostly whole, unprocessed foods like lean animal protein, veggies, whole grains and beans. The low-fat group included more refined carbs.

Both groups ate the SAME # OF CALORIES, but those who ate the whole, unprocessed foods had GREATER WEIGHT LOSS.

I know! You’ve been doing it wrong, huh?

BUT WAIT! It gets better!!!! Group C ( eating 300 more calories a day with the low-carb diet) lost more weight than Group B (low fat)!!!!!!!!—even though those extra 25,000 calories they ate should have appeared as seven pounds of increased weight. They lost an average of 20 pounds (3 more than the low-fat group who ate 25,000 fewer calories during those 12 weeks)!!!!! Tell me that that didn’t just shock you!!!!

They got to EAT MORE and LOSE MORE!

YEAH! SEE!!!! I told you!!

Calorie quality is more important than calorie quantity because the type of calories you eat has an impact on how your metabolism functions. Your diet—in the quality of calories you consume—impacts what your genes tell your metabolism to do!!!!

So reach for QUALITY! Instead of grabbing something and immediately flipping it over to read the number of calories in it…
Try looking a little bit further down and checking the INGREDIENTS IN IT! Or better yet, eat stuff that doesn’t have a food label!!!!! 
 
So…to reiterate, yes there is some validity to calorie-counting, but do that WITH QUALITY FOODS!

Are we all clear on that?

Rock on 😉 …you may not proceed with your day. 

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Gotta Get That Water!! …Or be fat, wrinkley, and sick? by Rikki Ferrier

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Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.

How much water do you usually drink? Would you say you drink enough? Too little? Too much? Do you actually know how much you should or shouldn’t be drinking? The standard “8 glasses a day” was modified many times. Did you know that? So how much do you need?Have you ever wondered what the repercussions would be if you weren’t getting enough? Well…it’s actually way worse than what I realized before studying this field. So I felt the need to share the news!Our bodies are made up of 70% water, right? Many people know this, eh? But are you drinking (or getting from your foods) 7/10 water compared to what you’re getting of other things such as protein, carbs, etc? It’s truly crucial that you are. Why? …keep reading 😉

1. Water Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2.  Water Keeps You Young — Drinking plenty of water is great for your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll suffer from dry skin, and you’ll be likely to use more creams and lotions to moisturize. However, creams and lotions don’t strike at the root of the problem. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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3. Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight — There’s a reason why most diets and fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water. One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps you lose weight.Water suppresses your appetite, so you don’t eat as much. Drinking plenty of water also prevents fluid retention, because your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough.
Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat. If you’re not drinking enough water, your liver will be forced to help your kidneys detoxify your body. When you drink plenty of water, your kidneys don’t need any extra help, so your liver will be able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and prevents constipation.
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4. Water Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.5. Water Helps You Build Muscle — Another benefit of drinking water is that it makes your muscles stronger. That’s because water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles. Drinking plenty of water enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired, and this can help you build muscle.
6. Water Makes You Smarter — Drinking water can increase your cognitive function. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day can improve your levels of cognitive performance by as much as 30%!Drinking plenty of water also supports nerve function. It ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to and from the brain in the way they were meant to.
7. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
So how much water do you need? There’s actually a formula that was released! Take your weight in pounds. Divide that by 2. Drink that much water in ounces.
For example: I weight 120 lbs. 120/2 = 60. I should drink a minimum of 60 ounces of water per day. Now you try 😉
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