063. The Truth About Calories: How Important Is It?

063. The Truth About Calories: How Important Is It?

In this episode, let’s talk about calories. How many times in the last week have you decided to eat or not eat something based on the number of calories it contained? If you are a calorie counter, this episode is for you. The truth, we have all been misled by the information we have been receiving about calories. Listen in as Andrew provides a new perspective on calories and what they mean to us.

Andrew begins by diving into some history, but not too far back. Calories were never a thing until the 1900s. Before then, no one paid any attention to calories or even knew what they were. At the same time, people were in much better physical condition back then, and no one was counting calories. It wasn’t until the 1920s that calorie counting became a mainstream thing.

So what is a calorie? A calorie is a unit to measure the amount of energy that is in something. This measure of energy has become a way for many people to determine what they can and cannot eat. However, placing excess attention on calories is not health-promoting. Here, Andrew gives us 3 reasons why:

1. Calories are not an accurate way to measure energy in food
2. Everyone utilizes calories differently
3. Calories don’t represent the quality of the foods we’re eating

Nutrition is a complex issue, and there is a lot of information out there. Let this episode help you gain some new knowledge on the ways to eat more intuitively, focused on quality and not quantity. Enjoy this episode, and hopefully, it will shed some light on a subject that has been misleading people for almost an entire century. Aloha!

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