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Why You Should Consider Calorie Quality over Quantity and the Keto Diet

As you know, the internet is overflowing with information about how counting calories can help you loose weight. Whether it’s health organizations or low-fat diet experts, it seems like everyone has statistics to share about how many you should consume. Talk about overwhelming!

There’s no doubt that counting calories is the big obsession these days, but calorie quality is just as important – especially if you’re prepping for an exciting new diet or healthy lifestyle, such as the keto diet. So, here’s a few handy tips to help you get the most out of your calorie intake.

Let’s start with the basics!

Calories are a unit that scientists use to measure energy within the body, which basically means consuming calories is consuming energy. In other words, eat too little and you’ll feel lethargic. Eat too many and your body will store the calories away for later, which may contribute to unwanted weight changes. That alone is why a lot of people count calories so much, but quality matters just as much, if not more. After all, not all calories are made equal!

So, what makes a calorie higher quality than others? Three factors: the nutrients inside that calorie, what macronutrients that calorie is coming from, and how much energy it takes for your body to break that calorie down.

 Calories from sugary and processed foods like sodas, candies, and most fast foods are considered “empty calories” because they provide little to no nutrient value and should be avoided. On the other hand, fruits, vegetables, whole wheat grains, some meats, legumes, and dairy products are a much healthier option. By eating a balanced mixed of the foods listed above, you’ll get much better nutrients from your calorie intake!

Calories come from three main macronutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Different macronutrients take different amounts of energy to break down. For instance, simple carbohydrates break down the fastest. Complex carbs and proteins fall somewhere in the middle, and fat takes the longest. If a calorie digests too quickly, it supplies a short burst of energy followed by lethargy. A calorie that takes too long to break down may cause mild digestive troubles. That said, the general rule is to avoid calories that break down too quickly or too slowly.

If you’re not meeting your weight goals, you might want to consider changing which macronutrients are filling up your diet. The standard macronutrient breakdown is 45-65% carbohydrates, 20-35% fats, and 10-35% proteins. But effective alternatives exist! One especially popular breakdown is the ketogenic diet - which breaks macronutrient intake down like this: 65% fats, 30% proteins, and 5% carbs. 65% fats! I know, right, but keep reading to find out why that might help you lose weight.

Because fats take longer to digest, many people stick with a low-fat, high-carb diet to manage their weight. However, many people argue that a low-fat diet only helps shed water weight, which can be quite difficult to sustain! As an alternative, ketogenic diets are considered a much better long-term solution; and with so many incredible before-and-after results out there, we get why!

 

The ultimate goal of a keto diet is to send your body into a state of nutritional ketosis, which is achieved from utilizing ketone bodies from fat as an energy source instead of from carbs. So, by passing up on those quick-energy carbs and converting fats instead, your body isn’t as likely to store fat that keeps the weight on.

Another awesome benefit of going on a keto diet is how it can help prevent those “hangry” moments that cause impromptu binges or overeating in general. That’s because nutritional ketosis brought about by the slower calorie breakdown can help suppress ghrelin, a hormone that plays a role in triggering hunger. As if that wasn’t enough, keto diets also provide a steadier stream of energy to help you feel more alert.

If starting a ketogenic diet sounds like a good option, we don’t blame you! Here’s a heads-up about what to expect if you think keto is the way to go!

First things first, kicking off a ketogenic diet is a process, so be prepared for your body to gradually adjust to your new regimen. Cutting down on carbs usually causes a temporary period of lethargy, brain fog, and very slight stomach discomfort because you are cutting down on its quick energy fix. Keto dieters call these effects the “keto flu,” for short. Thankfully, your body can adjust much quicker when combined with beginner-friendly “keto flu” fighters like Keto-Kleanse.

There are plenty of other high-quality products that can support your keto diet as well. Keto-friendly products like Keto-Lift™ BHB (with goBHB®) and Keto Fat Burner can help bolster your results when combined with proper exercise, while Keto-Crave Energy Bars make for great on-the-go snacks to keep you in ketosis for longer. You can also try keto-friendly MCT Oil products to provide additional fuel for your body and mind as you strive to reach your wellness goals.

As you can see, there’s a lot more that goes into weight loss than just counting calories! But, don’t fret. Even though there are a few more factors to think about, there are just as many simple solutions that can make your new dietary regimen easy and effective.

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