Calories may burn the same in a scientific lab, but once they are in the human body, calories burn different based on the structure and nutrients within. Just as every person is different, every food is different as well. Your body treats food differently based on composition. Calories that enter the blood stream quickly cause weight gain. Calories that enter the blood slowly cause weight loss.
A study done by a Harvard professor proved that different calories affect your metabolism. Food sends different signals to your metabolism.
The Study: Two groups of people were studied. The groups were feed identical caloric meals, but one group ate oatmeal and the other was feed a vegetable omelet with fruit. Both groups ate the exact same meal for lunch as they did for breakfast. After each meal different blood tests were run on the groups. The rest of the day both groups were told to eat anything they wanted.
Results: The group that ate oatmeal for breakfast had their meal enter the blood stream quicker and ate more food the rest of the day. They also had higher insulin levels, blood sugar levels, blood fat levels, and increased adrenaline despite eating the same number of calories as the second group.
Another study compared low carbohydrate verses high carbohydrate diets. This study was done by the Harvard School of Public Health to measure the difference between low fat and low carbohydrate diets on the same amount of calories.
The Study: There were three groups. The first group ate a high carbohydrate, low fat diet. The second group had a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. Both of these groups ate the same amount of calories each day. The third group was on a low carbohydrate diet, but ate 300 more calories per day. This study was conducted over a 12 week period to see who lost the most weight.
The Results: Over the course of 12 weeks, the first group (high carbohydrate, low fat) group lost an average of 17 pounds. The low carbohydrate, high fat group lost an average of 23 pounds, 6 more than the first group. The third group that ate 300 more calories a day, but was low carbohydrate lost an average of 20 pounds despite the additional calories.
Every person is different and needs a different amount of calories and the amounts of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates will vary from person to person. Nutrigenomnics is an up and coming science that is revolutionizing the nutrition industry by discovering the hidden information found in food. It studies how food communicates with your genes and gives it instructions including:
- To lose or gain weight
- To increase or decrease metabolism
- To increase or decrease the aging process
- To increase or decrease appetite
- To increase or decrease cholesterol levels
Different foods can optimize your health, if you discover what messages they are sending your body.
One known fact is that eating whole foods that your body recognizes is essential for health.
People have been eating whole foods for generations. It has only been recently when man has started altering foods that our bodies have started reacting and more health problems have arisen.
Whole foods are foods found in their natural state.
|Whole Grains||Nuts||Extra virgin olive oil||Whole Grains|
|Vegetables||Seeds||Cold-Expeller pressed plant oils||Beans|
Hyman, Mark. “Ultra-Metabolism” New York. 2008. Atria Books.