Tuesday, October 6, 2009
A similar topic to last week's post, but overlooked often.
Let's start with a joke, one most of you are familiar with.
Which weighs more, a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?
When you first heard that, you most likely answered the bricks. But of course, when it's explained to us, we realize that it's a ton of each material.
Regardless of what either is, a ton is a ton. It may take less bricks than feathers to reach a ton on the scale, but that wasn't the question.
Now, what's this have to do with calories?
It's the same deal. A calorie is a unit of measurement.
100 calories of cookies is the same caloric amount compared to 100 calories of carrots. (first learned this in The Metabolism Advantage)
The difference? You're won't have nearly as many cookies as the amount of carrots.
On top of that, the latter has nutrients useful for your body, while the former will have a negative impact on your health.
There are other factors besides what I've mentioned, but the picture's clear.
If you're starting a more health-conscious way of living, don't worry so much about calories. Usually when people do worry about calories, it's over a poor food choice to begin with.