Is it important to watch what you eat?
This is a very complicated question, there are so many factors that are important that it isn’t just one thing. However I will say that they do all fall under the umbrella of Ingredients Matter because the Ingredients all determine the quality of the food, how well our body can digest it. Unfortunately there is no one easy or even complex formula we can all follow, because every body is different and requires different amounts of different things. Also under the umbrella, is the Calories that are taken in via Fat, Protein and Carbohydrates.
There is a lot of controversy around whether calories matter or not. It’s pretty well documented that they do matter, even in spite of some popular videos that have showed up on the internet. There are also people who have done experiments like this here that show that a restriction of calories alone, regardless of the food works.
There is a fairly easy way to break down Carbs, Protein and Fat calorie wise, and how to manage them in your diet to certain percentages to ensure you are getting enough of what you need.
- Fat – 9 Calories Per Gram
- Protein – 4 Calories Per Gram
- Carbohydrates – 4 Calories Per Gram
The Never ending Chore of watching Ingredients
Ingredients essentially are the stepping stones in how we receive our Macro and MicroNutrients. However, there are Ingredients that are harmful and should be avoided due to how they interact with the body. As with just about anything, you want to observe the ingredients and try to keep them as natural as possible. That isn’t as easy as it sounds, because unfortunately that is getting more and more expensive! However there are still ways to eat cheap enough if you are willing to stretch your budget, and experiment with your imagination!
Some ingredients that you want to look out for and try to avoid at all costs are:
- Maltodextrin – Really High Glucose Index
- Corn Fiber – Made from Corn Syrup, and also high on the Glucose Index
- Dextrin – A thickener made up entirely from starches through a chemical process.
- Dextrose – It’s an alternative form of sugar.
While I only listed 4, there are several more ingredients that you may not be familiar with that are bad for you. I suggest any time you go to the store check out a few new ingredients on common items you buy, and research them. This is what I did when I first started and it allowed me to understand really what products NOT to buy, and what products were more in line with what I should be buying.
One of the last things you should probably consider when purchasing foods, and looking through aisles is “Is this processed?” Not all processed foods are strictly ‘evil’ like some people would have us believe. I believe all things in moderation, so if you like something that’s processed make it a treat for yourself once in awhile or find a way to fit it in, just don’t go overboard with it. An example would be Pepperoni, or Hot Dogs. Find the least processed versions, and uncured if possible and have them once every week or every two weeks. Other than that, just try to keep it as natural as possible, Meats, Low Carb Vegetables, and Fruits such as Avocado, Olives, Coconut, Berries, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lemon or Limes.