➡️If you are serious about losing weight then it’s important to understand fats, protein and carbohydrates and how they effect your body. At this stage people are pros at counting calories and could probably tell you how many there are in a bagel just by walking past a bread shop and smelling one.
Counting calories isn’t half as important as counting fat, carbs, and protein (macros for short).
If you are aiming to eat 1800 calories in a day you are basically aiming to eat acertain amount of food.
⚠️But which foods??
Let’s say that you eat 2000 calories a day and you read a magazine article that told you to cut out 200 calories a day to lose weight.
▶️Should you drop 200 calories of protein, fat or carbs?
And now let’s look at it another way….. say you ate 1800 calories with the majority being fats one week & 1800 calories with the majority being protein the next week and 1800 calories with the majority being carbohydrates the week after……..
⚠️Do you think that your body will react the same to those foods! That it doesn’t matter what you eat but once you stay at 1800 calories you will lose the same amount of weight each day?
It simply does not work like that.
➡️Many studies, which were randomised controlled trials (which basically means they are the best type of study) show this to be true. These studies are not hidden away and have been published in many medical journals. The problem is that the average person wouldn’t come across them unless they went looking. Instead they are constantly being told to cut calories and therefore in most cases cut fats.⬅️
Macronutrients are metabolised very differently. There are many complex processes involved in both digesting food and converting it to energy. Fats are not proteins and proteins are not carbohydrates, yet all are put under the one heading of calories.
▶️If someone says drop 200 calories just ask them which one should I cut out?
▶️200 calories of fat or of protein or of carbohydrates?
▶️They might say fat so then ask them, why fat?
▶️They’ll then say because it contains twice as many calories as protein and carbs. So then ask them why that would matter?
▶️That is, if 200 calories is 200 calories no matter what then why cut fat?
They might start to sweat at this stage...