Good vs bad calories!

Whenever someone is looking to lose weight or pack on muscle, the word ‘Calories’ is bound to come up somewhere. So I am going to explain what calories you need, and a little comparison.

If you’re looking to shed some fat, then you need to have a calorie deficit (the difference between the calories you burn to the calories you consume). This deficit will cause a decline in your weight. Let’s look at an example. If you are a typical male who consumes 2500 calories per day, but wants to lose weight, you would want to drop a number of calories, to say, 2000. If you did that and also performed exercise, you will lose weight, or will you? If those 2000 calories came from fast food, takeaways, sugary snacks and bottles of coke, then you are not going to be losing weight. However, if those 2000 calories came from good sources of protein, fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbs, and then you will lose weight.

Even though they could both add up to 2000 calories, there can still be a massive difference. This is why some trainers/nutritionists do not like ‘calorie counting’, as it promotes people to stick to a number and not certain foods. The same goes with people who want to pack on muscle. Everyone knows that you have to eat protein to get big, but you also need to eat more calories. If a guy wanting to bulk up started at eating 2500 calories, but needs to eat 3500 calories per day, then it is completely pointless eating 3500 calories coming from fatty, sugary foods. They need to come from good, healthy sources of food – plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats and carbs.

So, there is a huge difference between certain calories. A calorie is not just a calorie, so don’t live by numbers, make sure you watch what you eat if you want to turn your goals into reality. 

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