Calories should always be a good-enough indicator of our day-to-day nutrition, and that’s one of the reason you should you keep track of them and the kind they are.
The type of food is important, but also the way you eat it. Let’s start with chewing. I can’t stress this enough. Chewing properly is as important as the food itself. If you don’t chew enough, you can barely digest the food that enters your stomach. As obvious as it may sound, the stomach doesn’t have teeth. So do you know way do we should chew better? So the acid in our stomach can break even better the chewed food into nutrients.
While carbohydrates work wonders in the short term, I wouldn’t go as far as calling them the only thing you need to keep yourself energized.
If you need 1200 calories for the next four hours (going hiking or whatever), and you eat 1500, you’ll get 600 calories during the next two hours, and about 300 calories for the remaining two hours. Yes, even though you had more than enough carbs, you’ll be hungry again in two hours. So what happened to the remaining 600 calories? Where have they gone? Most likely your waist, legs, and belly fat.
The good news is that your body burns fat naturally. The bad news is that it doesn’t burn them fast enough. But it would, if you’d train it a little more. Muscles burn off most of your calories, even when idling. So building muscle should be a priority if you feel that you’re overweight.
Fortunately, the human body is something so beautifully engineered by whatever force of nature, that the more actual proteins and fats you eat, the more accustomed your body becomes to burning those types of calories.
Now, 1000 calories of protein weigh about 80% of the same amount of calories of carbs. And calories that come from fats take about 40% of the weight of carbs calories.
The problem with eating fats is that you need to limit the intake more than you need to limit that of carbs (being more concentrated and all). And unless you’re going to need a slow energy supply, I wouldn’t recommend eating too much fat without prior training.
Fats are the last that get burnt if you’re not properly working out. That’s why you should always push yourself a bit when you feel you’re running out of juice. Unless you’ve got 0% body fat, you’re not actually running out of juice yet. Also, stay hydrated!
Transitioning from carbs to proteins and fats should be done gradually. The total amount of microbes in our bodies amount to roughly 20% of our weight. Yes, we’re only 80% us. They’re called the human biome and they can only live inside our bodies.
By transitioning the source of calories, you’re going to kill a bunch of your own microbes, to make room for new ones. That’s why the transition time varies from one person to another.
Moving from carbs to fats should be done gradually and with the help of a nutritionist. The search for money has left many people poor and and the search for skinny has left many people… Well, dead.
There are a few diets I could recommend, but everyone should take a personal plan of nutrition, that’s why if you are 60? See a nutritionist and start eating right. It will enhance your life. 40? Not early enough, see a nutritionist. Good daily meals will boost your daily stamina. 20? Still not early enough. Eating right will help you free your mind, focus and concentrate.
Eating right should enhance your life by expanding your focused time and get you to look and feel better.
Eating right will not only get you fit faster, but will get you fit for longer. It will help you get better sleep, think sharper, work better.