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Are all Calories the Same?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Well, I say no. I was eating sweets but staying in my calorie range to disastrous results - a 7 pound gain. Yesterday, I finally got a hold of myself got down to having a sweet only at the end of the day - a tablespoon of honey in my tea. The rest of the day I replaced the empty calories I got from sweets with protein, fruits and veggies. My body finally got some needed nourishment.
Part of my plan is to finally have breakfast - a protein shake in the morning. When I awoke this morning I was 2 pounds down. So, I would say the type of calorie not just the number matters. What say all of you? Have any of you experience this type of thing?
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    Nope, not all calories are the same. Some nourish us. Others, not so much. Have you tried joining the taming your sweet tooth team? I think it may help. It can definitely be difficult to control your sweet intake once you spiral down into that path. I have definitely been there. Good job gaining control again. :)

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    3094 days ago
    I once had a doctor tell me and I quote "A calorie is a calorie. Your body doesn't know the difference between an eclair and an apple. You can lose weight eating chocolate eclairs, you just can't eat very many of them". At the time, it was really unhelpful and in theory I agree with the doctor, I know how I feel after eating something like an eclair, maybe it's more emotional than physical, but it FEELS awful! I'd rather have a bunch of " healthy" foods than a single "treat".
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    I love your plan. Happy for your 2 pound loss too!! Yes I agree the type of calorie does matter!! Go Wendy Go!!!!

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    3096 days ago
    My thoughts:
    If your body was a car:
    Each car handles what is put into its fuel tank just a little bit differently.
    Each car requires its own fuel composition.
    Each car burns its fuel dependent on the exertion required to move it from point A to point B.

    If you start your car and just let it sit and idle; it will take a lot longer to burn the same amount of fuel that it will take to push the car up a steep hill at 60 MPH/KPH.

    So, I think it is how I combine the sources
    of my fuel (calories),
    the amount of exertion I expend to burn the fuel I consume,
    And, the elapsed time.

    I do not think I gain or lose significant amounts of weight over short periods of time.. It is a cumulative result. It takes more than 24 hours to convert stored fat to water which can then be excreted from the body as sweat/urine.

    These are my opinions, which may or may not have any basis in reality.

    3096 days ago
    No doubt eating plenty of fruits and veggies, enough lean protein, the right amount of healthy fats and whole grains, and lowfat dairy helps me lose and then maintain that weight loss. Empty calories for me equals hunger so I can't stick to my calorie range. It certainly does matter what you eat!!
    3096 days ago
    I agree. Although you could probably spend years researching this, my feelings are it has to do with sugars and carbs and eating fruits and veggies instead.

    Personally, I feel less lethargic and more energized, ready to work out if I eat more on the leaner side of the new plate/pyramid.

    3096 days ago
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