Today's post is going to be a bit technical about diet and calories.
Calories are what make you lose and gain weight.
If you need 2,000 calories a day to maintain your ideal weight, and instead you consume 2,500 calories a day, you will gain weight.
If you eat 1,500 calories, instead, you will lose weight.
Up to here, I think we all know and understand this.
What you should always focus your attention on is the source of these calories: are they from carbs, proteins or fat?
As you can see from these pictures, 200 calories can look and taste very different, and your goal is to give your body the best calories you can find.
These are some important numbers to remember: 40% of your total daily calories should come from proteins, then 30% from carbs and 30% from fat.
Proteins, carbs and fat are not the same, in fact, a gram of carbs has 4 calories, a gram of proteins has 4 calories but a gram of fat has 9 calories!
So if you eat 2,000 calories a day you would get them from:
40% protein = 800 calories = 200 grams
30% carbs = 600 calories = 150 grams
30% fat = 600 calories = 67 grams
Also, very important for those of us trying to shed any belly fat, try to eat a mostly-protein breakfast.
Proteins help lose more weight in the abdominal area, and when a study compared a toast and juice breakfast group vs. a eggs and yogurt breakfast group, the latter lost a lot more weight than the former, especially belly fat.
Additionally, the body works harder to digest proteins than it does to digest carbs and fat, so proteins burn more calories and they make you feel full longer.