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Are You Eating the Wrong Kind of Calories?

June 13, 2014

The number one rule for weight loss is that the body needs to burn more calories than it consumes. So, if the formula for losing weight is so simple, why do so many diets fail?

Quantity vs. Quality

As it turns out, current research shows that while the quantity of calories plays a large role in the science of metabolism, the quality of the calories also matters for whether or not a dieter loses weight. While critics and consumers debate the causes of the obesity epidemic, one thing is for certain. Experts agree that since the body uses calories from different nutrients in different ways, the key to successful weight loss is paying attention to more than just the numbers on a box.

The Science of Calories & Everyday Eating

Basically, the origin of a calorie determines how the body digests and stores that energy. Our recent article in The Huffington Post Healthy Living section revealed why there is no "magic formula" for weight loss, proving that calorie intake has different effects on different people.

Calories themselves are created equal, but the body treats them very differently, according to weight loss expert Dr. James Hill, PhD. The post points out that a well-balanced and calorie-conscious diet plan is the best way to achieve long-lasting weight loss. Weight loss can be achieved by combining the best calories for "fuel" with exercise to burn those unwanted pounds. So, what calories are considered "good"?

Read more about the science of calories and learn the secret to planning well-balanced meals that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

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Amy Margulies Retrofit Registered Dietitian

Amy is the Lead Registered Dietitian at Retrofit and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been educating about healthy eating for nearly 20 years. She helps clients find realistic ways to improve their overall health while successfully managing their weight.

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