Calories in/calories out – An Old Belief

For as far back as anyone who has dieted can probably remember, reducing the amount of calories is supposed to result in adipose (fat) weight loss. This is the common theme from most government agencies including the FDA, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and many other organizations. Many of them citing that “Weight management is all about balance – balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses or ‘burns off,’ ” says The U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

If it is so simple that we need only reduce the number of calories that we consume or simply expand above what we consume, why then is the weight loss issue so persistent?

I would like to argue that the quality of food that you eat is far more important that how much.

While the hCG Diet relies initially on the reduction of calories for weight loss, the second, and arguably the most important aspect of the diet is what you are eating.

Many hCG dieters have experienced phenomenal weight loss on the program. We have even had one customer lose over 120 pounds! While weight loss products are where we are able to help customers directly, we would like to offer advice on the maintenance phase of the hCG Diet per the suggestion of many customers.

1. What you eat can be just as important as how much

Try to eat foods that are rich, complete sources of nutrients. Food like fish, turkey and vegetables. Although fruits and fruit juices are healthy, many of them are very high in sugar content. Starches and sugars are a dieters worst enemy.

2. Under eating is elusive

When you hop on the scale and it shows you a number that was larger than you expected, a common belief is that maybe you ate too much for dinner last night or breakfast this morning. While both of those may very well have contributed, reducing how much you eat, says recent research,may not be the solution. Foods like rice and potatoes are very carbohydrate and calorie dense, requiring longer digestion and typically have low nutrition value. Instead of eating less, try eating healthy. Have asparagus with your steak instead of potatoes. Instead of rice, use lettuce.

Exercise is important and can help significantly with any diet regimen, but it won’t be the end-all for every person looking to maintain their weight. What we choose to eat can be just as vital to our health as our fitness. In maintaining your weight, try using a calorie-free flavored water to stay hydrated. If you have a sweet tooth, many grocery stores offer an entire selection of sugar-free cookies and candies – sugar-free does not mean carbohydrate free. While working hard to lose the weight and keep it off, we are encouraging you to be mindful of what you eat as much as the quantity.
 

Comments

  1. There is a great new book about this topic. It is called Why We Get Fat. Even though the calories in vs. calorie out has been the logical method of understanding weight gain, what we eat, as explained in the book, has its validity also. Good post!

  2. You are definitely right about that, under eating is indeed unrealistic, it only results to overeating at a certain meal in the day. you dont really have to starve yourself when dieting, you just have to plan your meals.

    1. Pefrect shot! Thanks for your post!

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