Yesterday I listened to a “Health Coach” tell me that “it’s all about calories in versus calories out”. We’ve all heard this before . . . if you simply eat less, you’ll lose weight. When someone is extremely overweight, this simple logic might hold true . . . in the beginning. If you are severly overeating and sedentary, watching your food intake and moving more will decrease the calories in and increase the calories out. Seriously though, who wants to spend your life writing down everything you eat, measuring and weighing all your foods, and counting anything?!
Worse, to me, is the belief that all calories are created equal! It doesn’t take a degree in nutrition to know there’s a big difference between a 100 calories of broccoli and, say, a 100 calorie Nutter Butter snack pack! Let’s see, broccoli is among the vegetables that contain the largest concentrations of sulfur compounds which increase the liver’s ability to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic substances. Nutter Butters contains hydrogenated oils that ARE the toxic substances! Broccoli is rich in powerful phytonutrient antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamins A and C for great antioxidant protection from free radicals. Nutter Butters contain partially hydrogenated oils that create free radicals. Let’s not forget they also contain sugar, corn syrup, soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup and flavorings.
Now, I’m not screaming never treat yourself . . . although having now looked at the ingredient label, I think there are better options out there for a treat. And, I’m not saying sit down to a big bowl of broccoli everyday. But, the point is they are both 100 calories – but the bio-chemical reaction in your body isn’t the same for the same calorie count. It’s just not that simple. Oh, if only it were . . .
Nutrient dense, whole foods are our life force. Our bodies break down the nutrients into valuable tools for our health and wellness. Putting a few synthetic vitamins into the flour that creates a product isn’t the same. With the Nutter Butter, sugars are going to create an insulin response, the trans fats clog the arteries and add toxins and eight little “bites” have six grams of fat! The body has to detoxify this type of “food” product creating more stress on our system. Rather than nourish our body it actually harms it. How can anyone think that these 100 calories are equal? Or that the only thing you need to concern yourself with is calories?
I do understand that these “coaches” usually have some product to sell you. The first product I looked at is seven servings of scrambled eggs for $16.50 plus shipping and handling – and you microwave them (a whole other issue there!). That’s $2.36 per serving, plus shipping and handling. The most expensive eggs I could find, at the most expensive store in town, was $5.45. Even if you ate two scrambled eggs per day, that’s $0.90 per serving, no shipping and handling. If you ate eggs every day for a month, you’d spend an extra $45 for this product. And that’s just one breakfast product!
Many of these programs work for people. And, I’m not discounting the results people have attained. If you’re out looking at programs, systems, or practitioners. Think very critically. Check a practitioners education. Find out what products they’re selling. Really listen to their talk. “Calories in, calories out” sounds good at first blush but since we really are what we eat, do you want to be a sugar coated- full of trans fat- peanut butter filled- fake nut looking- food type product?