A calorie is a calorie is a calorie or is it?
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
"A Calorie is a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy that foods will produce in the human body." OK I get that. But is every calorie burned in our bodies the same way and more importantly do our bodies store all calories in the same way or in the same places? I believe not.
In June of 2015 I decided that the excess weight had to go and I was truly on a mission. I ate healthy food only, (higher in protein) did not have even one glass of wine, very very few sweets, went to Curves 4 or 5 days a week (put in huge effort), walked miles and tended to a large garden and yard. The weight was coming off everywhere and my body looked and felt firmer. By end of October I lost 25 pounds and I graduated into maintenance mode. I continued to do the Curves routine, harvested and cleaned up my garden and flower beds, walked and watched what I ate and drank.
Then we went to Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton as we have done for the past 10 years or so. I consumed a few sweets and drank a little vodka/diet cola but generally ate clean food and continued with my exercise routine. Then Christmas and all that food and drink came and went and on New Years Eve we wined and dined. I consumed an unreal amount of sweets during that time (I am a sugar addict), anything from candy and chocolates to squares, tarts and cookies. The scale moved upward again, 10 lbs upward by now, but this time I noticed a big difference in where the weight accumulated and how it felt and looked on my body. I had sponge like rolls around my middle and it even looked spongy and horror of horrors I looked like I was 6 months pregnant.
At Curves we weigh and measure once a month and they have a gizmo that measures internal fat. My measurements showed an increase around my waist and abdomen only- no surprise there because my jeans were tight in those same places. The gizmo showed that my internal fat had increased by 6.2 lbs.
SO it is my opinion that protein, veggies and fruit are burned clean in our bodies leaving no residue but sugar leaves a spongy fat behind that accumulates around my middle. I noticed long ago that every single time I went on a sugar binge I looked like I was pregnant so my conclusion is that calories are not alike. They might be equal as in "units of heat" but they are not alike. That's my story and I'm stickin to it!!
So I got back on track on January 4 and lost 6 lbs. within 4 days but am stubbornly holding on to 4 lbs. I'm not stressing over it because I know it will come off eventually. All I have to do is stay away from the sweets.