Diet Tip: Choose the Right Calories | A Little Bit Better With Keri Glassman

Uploaded by LivestrongWoman on 21.11.2012

Hey, I'm Keri Glassman here with some quick and simple tips to help you feel just a little
bit better. Simply put, a calorie is the measure of energy that is generated from food. But
are all calories created equal? Yes and No. Regardless of your diet, if you were locked
up and fed the exact same number of calories, some studies show you'd lose the same amount
of weight. However, this isn't how we live. Things like hunger (controlled by hormones),
cravings and emotions tend to get in the way. Which leads us to the biggest reason why calories
are not all created equal -- foods are not made up of calories alone. They are complex
mixtures of fiber and other nutrients. This causes a different effect on the hormones
that control hunger and those that direct our bodies to either burn or store fat. So
which foods don't tell us to store fat? It's not rocket science: Focus on lean protein,
healthy fats and non-processed, unrefined carbohydrates such as vegetables, beans, whole
grains and fruit. Simply put, a hundred calories of jelly beans is not equal to 100 calories
of natural peanut butter. The peanut butter will not only keep you more satisfied, but
it is also more hormone friendly in terms of storing fat. So remember: Be aware of calories
but stop counting! Instead focus on the quality of food you are eating, listen to your body
and stop when you are satisfied. And, you will feel just a little bit better.