When a Calorie is Not a Calorie

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If you’re counting calories, and not losing weight, here’s why:

All calories weren’t created equal.

For example, 100 calories of Oreo cookies, will not do the same thing to your body as 100 calories of avocado. You know from your own personal experience, that you feel quite different after eating two Oreos than when you eat half an avocado.

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health supports the notion that losing weight is not about counting calories, but rather, ensuring you are getting high quality foods. According to the study’s head researcher, Dariush Mozzaffarian, M.D., D.P.H. “Different foods and beverages affect hunger and fullness differently, and how hungry or full you feel can impact how much you eat.”

He goes on to state: “Trying to eat everything in moderation won’t be as effective as focusing on consuming a more healthy diet in general.

Based on the study, these are some of the foods to add or avoid:

Top Foods for Weight Loss                                                Top Foods for Weight Gain
Yogurt                                                                                 Potato Chips
Nuts                                                                                    Potatoes
Fruit                                                                                    Sugar-sweetened beverages
Whole grains                                                                        Unprocessed red meats
Vegetables                                                                          Processed meats


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  1. I couldn’t agree more with this article! It’s never about how many calories you are consuming (the quantity), but the kind you are about to take in (the quality). Many people who struggle with their weight, struggle with this concept as well. These are the people that are always counting calories, and making sure they don’t surpass a certain number. I used to people on of those people, counting all the time, until I hit my daily intake, but then over the years I slowly realized, that that is not the best or healthiest way to maintain your ideal weight.

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