as if Michael Ormsbe, Ph.D., Florida State University
Edited by Kate Findley and Angela Shoemaker, Great Courses Everyday
Not all calories are equal. Does this mean we should give up calorie counting? not yet. Professor Ormsbe explains.
What is the balance of power?
We must eat for many reasons. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins all give us adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is to drive metabolic feedback, exercise and everything in between. But when it comes to weight control, energy balance is important.
Energy balance simply means that the energy released from normal daily energy, such as breathing, staying awake, digesting and pulling, and the activity or additional activities such as exercise are related or balanced to the energy consumed by food and drink.
In fact, if you are in the balance of power, you will not lose or gain any weight. This equation is currently being tested by research – for example, only the required number of calories? Or is the type or quality of these calories more important?
Calories – quality or quantity?
According to Professor Ormsbe, calorie quality is important – you know that eating 500 calories from potato chips is different from eating 500 calories from spinach. Although we must take into account the balance of power.
Constant eating disorders can lead to weight loss, and constant overeating can lead to weight gain. Therefore, it is important to understand the effects of both quality and calories on your body composition and health.
This is why calorie counting is often highlighted in the larger font on new food labels. Think about how many companies clearly label their products as low-calorie or zero-calorie foods.
Understanding the basics of diet and exercise can help you change your energy balance to weight loss or gain weight. The point is to increase your understanding of how energy balance contributes to changes in body composition and health.
“Many people do not pay attention to food intake or worry about reading labels or weighing food items,” says Professor Ormsbe. And I do not suggest that this is a practical way to live your life. But it may be helpful for some people to check your calorie intake regularly to be honest.
Know your diet
Knowing the relationship between your food intake and your energy expenditure can be very helpful in determining whether you are losing weight, maintaining weight or gaining weight. We know that the quality of your food choices can make a big difference in weight loss and weight goals. However, knowing your normal calorie intake and energy expenditure is also a good idea, and if you want to be more active in managing your body composition, it is usually a good place to start.
It is important to note that many of our official dietary recommendations are based on the caloric content of foods. This idea is good, but it does list some high-calorie, high-calorie nutrients, such as nuts, seeds, and eggs, just because they have a high calorie content.
We now know that when these foods are added to the diet, they are important for weight loss and weight loss. When you think only of calories, you seem to make the wrong choice.
Even more interesting is the fact that whole foods, such as whole eggs, should often be eaten in small portions, such as cookies and cakes, in the same category. However, eggs and cookies and cake on the one hand have very different physiological effects.
However, while some foods are associated with weight loss or weight gain, calories are ultimately important to some degree in your weight management success. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on energy balance.
Michael Ormsbe is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Nutrition and Physical Sciences at Florida State University College of Human Sciences, and an interim director at the Institute of Sports Science and Medicine. MS holds a PhD in Physiology and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of South Carolina at South Dakota State University.