Many people will lose weight, and quite often the focus of this weight loss is through counting all the calories that one eats. This is the basis of many successful weight loss programs, such as weight watchers, slimming world and even the governments eat well plate. But is such an approach warranted when not all calories can be counted as the same?
Don’t believe me? Let’s think logic, do you think that a calorie of sugar is going to have the same physiological impact on the body as a calorie of spinach, or steak? When we look at one calorie maybe not, but what if 500 of our daily calories are from, say, sugar? Do you think that such a huge proportion of someone’s daily calorie intake from something like sugar is not going to have a large negative effect seeing as sugar greatly elevates blood sugar level, insulin, stresses the appetite hormones and results in fat storage when not burnt as energy…
So when we count points on the weight watchers system, and a chocolate brownie is the same amount of points as a rare cooked steak, is it fair to say that such a system is highly flawed? Don’t get me wrong, keeping track of the calories that you are consuming can be of great benefit, but unless we are tracking the actual food sources these calories are coming from then we are only shortchanging the results that are possible.
Should anyone serious about losing weight really be allowed to eat a chocolate brownie? As soon as a system like this is implemented it gives the mentality that it is OK to eat anything in moderation, when really it isn’t, if you are serious about losing weight then there are definitely lots of food choices that should be totally absent from your diet. Anything that is sweet and cake related is a definite no no, cause although we are looking to lose weight it is likely you are looking to become healthier as well, and none of these things are going to make you healthier, yet increase your risk of disease development. Remember that the healthier you are the quicker and more efficiently you will lose weight, it’s a positive catch 22 that you want to be in.
I almost hold my hands over my ears with fear when I question why someone might have eaten some cake or something equally bad, the response usually goes like this “oh don’t worry, it was a weight watchers cake”. If weight watchers had developed a way to make CAKE healthy I think they would have won the noble peace prize, everyone would be eating it. Cake, whatever way you slice it is bad. It’s full of sugar, hydrogenated fat, refined flour and preservatives, so just cause it was a weight watchers cake does not mean it was any healthier than a normal cake. Yes it might have a few less calories, but does it really matter, what matter is that the ingredients were pure junk. Compare all those calories to a whole dairy yogurt and a chopped banana and we are talking about a whole different ball game.
So by all means count calories, but cake calories don’t count!