RadioMD: Weight Loss Myth: Count Your Calories


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All calories are NOT created equal.

What exactly is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of energy which fuels your body via eating and drinking.  

You may have heard the saying, “A calorie is a calorie… is a calorie.” But a calorie is not a calorie when it comes to how efficiently your fat metabolism system converts it into body fat. The more inefficient calories are at being stored as body fat, the better. The calorie myth is that counting calories is required to avoid gaining weight, becoming obese and developing diabetes. The truth? You do NOT need to do math at the dinner table to avoid obesity.

Losing weight doesn’t have to mean going hungry or spending hours at the gym. You need to optimize your caloric intake with the best type of calories that are high in water, fiber and protein.

There are four factors that determine the quality of a calorie:

  • Satisfying
  • Aggressive
  • Nutritious
  • Efficient

Nutrition and exercise expert, Jonathan Bailor, provides clear, comprehensive guidance on what to eat and why. He also explains what truly matters when it comes to weight loss and calories.