Calories, Do You Worry About Them?
Calories, do you worry about how many you eat? If you do, you’re not alone. A lot of people do the very same thing, they count their calories. If you’re one of those who do, I have a suggestion for you. To help make your job easier and you healthier; it’s not how many calories you eat, that’s important. What’s important is where the calories come from.
Calories are essential to survive, so they’re absolutely necessary and yes if you eat more, you weigh more. If you eat less, of course, you weigh less. That does make eating fewer calories crucial yet eating less to control them can be very difficult at the least if you’re on a carb diet. The simple reason for this is because carbs make you hungry. They create and maintain a hunger cycle that you have no control over, without removing them. That makes, where you get your calories from, more important than how many you eat.
Are the calories you get from the food you eat most from carbohydrates or are they calories from protein and fat? If you’re eating calories from carbohydrates, under the guise of healthy energy, you’re allowing those carbs to make the fat that your body needs to use for that energy. If you’re getting your calories from fat and protein, you’re feeding your body exactly what it needs to survive and thrive. Eating fats and protein also allows your body to heal itself from virtually anything. There is very little our bodies cannot heal from, as long as they don’t have the influence of the glycation that’s the result of carbohydrates contaminating their systems. That means if your body needs glucose, let it make its own.
Whatever glucose you can get from carbs, your body can supply, on its own. When your brain (which is the only part of your body that uses glucose) needs glucose, it can supply the brain with all it needs through a process of gluconeogenesis. Your body reformulates the glycogen in your body to pull glycose out of it to use whenever the brain needs the glucose. (Remember, glycose used to be the name for glucose.)The interesting thing about this little-known fact is that your body makes this glucose, regardless of how much you already have in your body from the carbs you eat.
This all points to the fact that your body will make the nutrients it needs, provided you feed it the proper foods to begin with and carbs are not in that group. Carbs make your body make its own fat. It makes that fat out of the carbs you eat with the hormone insulin. (That’s an enzyme you don’t want to be inhibited.) A healthier way to live is to allow your body to make its own glucose instead of fat. This does wonders for the body. As long as you eat enough protein to compensate for the loss in muscle tissue from gluconeogenesis, you’ll never lose vital muscle tissue.
This is why long fasts help you lose so much weight. After your body uses up its own fat to fuel your body, it resets your body to produce growth hormones that not only help keep you thinner; they keep you healthier by repairing your systems for you (usually without the need for medication).