A calorie is not a calorie

Myth – All Calories are Created Equal

A calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong. This myth that refuses to die keeps people from getting and staying healthy, as well as losing weight and keeping it off.

The current thinking is as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight. The multi-billion pound weight loss industry perpetuates this lie and actually relies on you believing it to stay afloat.

Thinking that losing weight is all about energy balance or calories in/calories out, vastly oversimplifies the truth. The food industry and government agencies love this myth because it keeps you buying more processed food, which they suggest you eat in moderation. How’s that working out? Well the obesity figure in Great Britain continues to rise.

Truth is, there are good and bad calories. Your body is much more complex than a simple maths problem. When we eat, our food interacts with our biology, a complex adaptive system that instantly transforms every bite. Food is more than just calories and flavours. Food is information telling our cells what to do.

In fact, every bite you eat affects your hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism. Sugar calories cause fat storage and spike hunger. Calories from fat and protein promote fat burning. What counts more is the quality, not the quantity, of the calories.

The highest-quality calories comes from whole foods. Calories from high-quality whole foods are naturally lower in calories as compared with processed foods. This is why calorie counting isn’t necessary when you eat fresh foods like those your great-grandparents ate.

These foods include quality proteins such as grass-fed animal products (not factory-farmed), 
organic eggs, chicken, small wild fish, nuts and seeds. It means good fats like avocado, extra-
virgin olive oil, coconut oil and omega-3 fats from fish. And it includes good carbs like vibrantly 
coloured vegetables (the brighter the better), fruits like wild berries, apples and pears, and super foods like chia and hemp seeds.


This is why my Metabolic Balance Programme is so successful. Metabolic Balance is an all-natural nutrition programme, based on more than 25 years of scientific research. It is specifically 
tailored to your body and your needs by using your own biochemistry (bloods tests are taken) and personal information. The programme will reduce your inflammatory load and convert you from a carb-burner to a fat-burner which is the secret to weight loss and maintaining that weight loss. A calorie controlled diet cannot achieve this. The programme suits anyone wishing to achieve good health whether or not you want to lose weight. I have clients report better sleep, reduced blood glucose levels (Type II diabetics), lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improved symptoms of Crohn’s and Colitis, improved skin, more balanced female hormones and much more.

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