Friday, February 8, 2008

A Calorie is a Calorie, Right?

So, if I'm reading this correctly, as far as losing or gaining, it doesn't matter if all my calories come from cookies and candy or from veggies, carbs and protein as long as I remain in my alloted calorie range. Right? So other than feeling sick, bloated and having a little sugar rush and then maybe a big sugar low, what's the problem with eating candy and cookies all day? I went seeking an answer to this question. Here it is.

Answer:
  1. As far as weight gain or loss, a calorie is a calorie. If you normally eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, fiber, healthy protein, good fats and whole grains, I don't believe that eating nothing but candy and sugar for only one single day would really do any damage to your body in the long run. You would feel bad for a day or so, though. SEE, I'M FEELING BETTER ABOUT MYSELF NOW. NO TRULY LONG LASTING EFFECTS OF EATING NOTHING GOOD FOR ME THIS ENTIRE DAY. WELL, MAYBE A FEW OTHER DAYS, TOO.
  2. Of course if you started eating like that with some frequency, you would have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, you wouldn't get the healthy fats you need, you would eat too many saturated and unhealthy trans fats and you wouldn't get enough protein. You would probably have poor health due to the deficiencies, low energy levels, and your immune system wouldn't work as well as it should. SO, NOT FEELING SO GREAT ABOUT IT NOW. BUT CAN I JUST SAY THERE ARE NO TRANS FATS IN CANDY.. OKAY, STILL NOT FEELING SO GREAT.
  3. One problem with sodas and candy is that once we start indulging our cravings for those sweets, the cravings get worse and worse and we may eat more and more of the sugary foods which would displace all the healthy foods we really need. BINGO WE HAVE A WINNER.....
So, there you have it. And I thought a calorie was just a calorie. Now, kidding aside. I truly have been falling off the wagon of late. The weight is not going the direction I want. I'll have a really good day and then several really bad days. The comment above about once we start indulging our cravings get worse and worse and then we eat more and more. Am I the only bingo winner??? Please tell me I'm not.

I want to be happy when I do this. Right now, I'm just not feelin the love. The scale and I are having a difference of opinion. My opinion is that it should be the number I want it to be and it's opinion is that it will be the number that it truly is. I literally want to have my cake and eat it too. Without the consequences, of course. I need to make better choices and be more accountable. So, I'm moving on, I'm stepping away from the candy and cookies. I don't want to play Bingo anymore.


6 comments:

anonymouse said...

I haven't managed to quite step away from the sweets yet. Tonight I'm having a Skor bar (210 calories) but having a Lean Cuisine Thai Chicken entree (250 calories) to 'fit' it in. I like to do that once a week. Most days I just have a 100 calorie treat, like a Thinsations chocolate bar. When it's limited like that, I actually enjoy the treat more and eat it very slowly. I have post-prandial hypoglycemia so having sugary treats all day, or any carbohydrates without protein and fat, would make me into a sweating, shaking incoherent lump. Good luck with getting back on track!

Roni said...

"BINGO!" :~D

katieo said...

I literally want to have my cake and eat it too. Without the consequences, of course.

YES! That has totally been me too!
(literally. cake.)

Today was my first day really tightening up my eating, I had been recording all the calories all along, but they weren't nutritious, I just tried to squeak under my daily requirement. I feel SOOOO much better so far.

katieo said...

Ok, I just read that back and I meant to say, I feel so much better NOW. NOT just "making" my caloric requirement, but eating better food...

Krista said...

Anonymous, Roni and Katieo -
So, since publishing this, I have been more in tune with my eating. In other words, being more accountable and trying to understand why I eat what I eat when I eat it. Does that make sense? I have had a few BINGO moments but nothing like last week. Thanks so much for your comments.

anonymouse said...

There's nothing like writing it down to clarify it in your own mind. And it helps your readers to think about it, too. (-: