Source of Calories Not a Factor in Losing Weight
Imagine you ate two slices of pizza that were 540 calories for lunch (total) on Saturday and a grilled chicken salad (540 cals as well) for lunch on Sunday. Strictly speaking of trying to lose weight, which meal helped you more?
Neither, they’re identical as far as losing weight is concerned.
I’ve always been more about telling my story here and letting people decide whether or not they want to follow it. You know, “the story,” where a few years ago I decided to stop eating so much (counting calories) and started moving around more (burning calories) on a regular basis. I didn’t change the type of food I ate at first, but instead just ate less of it.
Yesterday, a new study came out showing that I was onto something.
The study, shared in a Reuters story dubbed “Calories count, but not where they come from” showed that the source of calories consumed by participants was unimportant when it came to losing weight. Regardless of the levels of fat, carbs, and protein each participant consumed during the study, no greater loss in weight or fat was observed.
To be fair, even though they’re equal in the realm of weight loss, I wouldn’t recommend eating 500 calories of popcorn over 500 calories of a “balanced” meal (lean meat, veggies, etc). You’ll feel like crap after eating the popcorn and be completely void of energy. And keep in mind, the number on your bathroom scale isn’t the only one you should watch.
Still, this study backs up what I’ve talked about since I started losing weight: moderation is king at the end of the day. The best way to lose weight is to not be afraid to eat the food that you love and enjoy yourself. Another point in the study is that “…those participants who adhered better (to counting calories), lost more weight than those who did not.”
I bet they did. The “perfect” diet is the one that you can stick to for a lifetime. I went through numerous fad diets and programs before I realized that in January of 2009.