Many consumers complain that they try this diet or that exercise program and they still can’t lose weight. Alternatively, they lose it but the weight comes back. Frustrated individuals either work harder for little result or they give up and let things be. Maybe they were born to be fat; it’s in their genetics. That is rarely true. Few people can claim bad genes as an excuse for being too large. What they could do with, however, is a short lesson on the science of weight loss.
Calories and Weight Loss
At its simplest, weight loss and weight gain is an equation which looks like this: energy expended minus calories consumed equals gain or loss (E-C=G/L). Eat more than you expend and you gain weight. Eat less fuel than you burn and you lose weight.
Good Calories, Bad Calories
It’s a myth that low-fat or fat-free foods are inherently good for a person. A generation of consumers grew up believing they could be skinny if they only drink diet coke and ate fat-free snacks. They avoided full-fat dairy, avocado, nuts, and other foods containing loads of fat because they were afraid of it. As far as cardiac experts have always told them, fat is bad for the heart. It doesn’t help if celebrities promote their low-fat diets on magazine covers either.
Fat-free foods, however, usually contain too much sugar. They are loaded with the stuff. Call it what you like — fructose, corn syrup, organic cane syrup, or honey — it’s all sugar. The body can’t usually use this kind of refined energy before the body decides what to do with it. There are only two choices. Either it is laid down as fat in case of starvation at a later time or is burned as fuel because the consumer is immediately active. You know which one is more common simply by taking a good look around.
While these “diet” foods are low in calories, these are “bad” calories since they also contain very little nutritional value. A better, fattier alternative might be peanut butter and banana. The calories are high at roughly 100 calories for a small banana and the same for a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. On the other hand, this blend contains minerals, protein, vitamins, and fiber. The body gets right to work absorbing these nutrients and, in so doing, becomes active internally. Processing calories burns calories and takes time. Those 200 calories from peanut butter and banana have given the person energy to do something active too without feeling exhausted and hungry again in thirty minutes. The fat-free snack made him feel better for half an hour before he crashed and wanted to eat again. The other snack left him satisfied.
Muscle and Protein
It’s important to note that the second snack also contained protein while the first did not. Protein is delivered to the brain and muscles, adding substance and repairing tissue. Protein makes muscles more effective and helps them grow larger. Bigger muscles enable a person to burn more calories at rest as they require fuel constantly and burn fat even when you aren’t doing anything. Other good proteins include lean chicken, seeds, nuts, and fish.