Diet myths debunked
The fact vs. fiction of calories
- Duration 3:15
- Date Feb 18, 2013
The fact vs. fiction of calories
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Thousands of diet tips and diet books on the market.
-- -- tricks out there but we can often find ourselves confused as to what's fact and what's fiction.
Since joining us now from the Fox's medical eighteen is doctor Marc Siegel good morning doctor aren't morning guys and we're talking about that thinking -- -- to nicer weather and trying to lose weight as a lot of us often struggle with.
Give us some some the separates fact from some fiction here of course only calories a fact weight is -- true.
That's completely fiction now.
And the University of Florida look at this recently and found that the key is anti oxidant and and I like to talk about in terms of fiber.
In other words calories are all aware there digest it where's the sugar digest it -- if you have more.
More fiber more fruit or vegetables more grains you can absorb your sugar father down the line and it's better for you to do that's not just calories what kind of calorie.
Okay ad which leads us to our next point that not all calories are created equal what do you mean by that.
That's totally true because we need protein we need facts and we need carbohydrates we need a mixture.
If you don't do it that way you end up breaking your proteins down for calories or you don't get the building blocks that you need which are -- -- you've got to have a proper mixture so if we upsets on calories we end up ignoring what we really should be.
A hundred calories in a candy bar is not equal -- -- hundred calories of fruit right that's exactly right -- your body burns it differently.
It -- it differently and and those kind of calories you're talking about with candy bars.
Are completely unhealthy you should get your caller's from fruits or vegetables.
-- -- add and he saint sometimes numbers -- what about when he -- That's absolutely true numbers always life and they were the reason is actually.
Because labels you don't know this other -- labels are variable you don't have to put the exact amount on the label.
And also different amounts get digested so you may say.
Here's what's in -- moment the amount that actually gets absorbed by your body might not be what you think -- obsessing on calories has a big downside -- it's not even accurate.
Okay you talk a lot about cortisol and how bad that is meant to stress hormone how do you -- limit the cortisol.
In your body I guess.
Well that's actually a fact we need to know about actions that when you wary about calories you get so stressed that you make more -- -- are which increases your appetite.
So the idea of all of this worry is and I've written a book on this the excess worry causes you to have a problem.
It's better if you have a ritual routine that you follow that includes exercise proper diet mixture of different types of foods and not worry.
I can't lastly say the math is -- ice and that's a -- that's a complete -- the math is not precise.
And the reason is because some of what -- already said when you start to count things you counts are never right.
And then -- -- absorbing totally different amounts of calories than you think you're getting so what's the what's the problem -- Well I think you -- a perfect figure out I -- -- a girl to do is to exercise right.
And to limit overall -- small portions a mixture of foods and high fiber diets.
Fruit vegetables less processed food cause another study from Harvard shows.
That when you leave a lot of processed foods you gain weight about -- what the calorie count a pet doctor -- -- -- from our fox medically can thank you great it's always great to see you know what it.