For as long
as the word “diet” has existed, you’ve probably heard people say “don’t count
calories” and instead opt for “no fat,” “low carbs,” or “high protein.”
True, each of these things is a bright,
healthy idea, but it wasn’t until last year when I was taking a peak over
various dieting trends that I realized how exactly calories, grams of fat,
carbohydrates, and protein are all closely related, and that counting one means
you might as well be counting the others…
Now for some
math. You may or may not know
For those of
you who hate math and are unfamiliar with this concept, let’s break it down a
- A gram of protein is made up of roughly 4 calories.
- A gram of carbohydrate is also made up of roughly 4 calories.
- A gram of
fat is made up of more than the other two combined, sitting at 9 calories.
this equation correct, let’s take a peek at the food closest to me, a box of
Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which contains 11 servings and which I somehow ate in 4
CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH
3 Grams of Fat, 25 Grams of Carbs, 1 Gram of Protein
The box says
130 calories. Close enough!
thought on nutrition has long been that your day’s worth of calories should be
broken up this way:
- 10% of your daily calories should come from Protein.
- 30% from Fat.
- 60% from
(and in my opinion, simply a better school of thought) suggest this as a
superior model, especially for weight loss and muscle building:
- 30% from Protein.
- 30% from Fat.
- 40% from
Talk about brainfood… the sad thing is, you’d think that knowing this information would force those good at math make better eating decisions… but as they say, being smart doesn’t make you skinny; going to the gym does.
And as they say, numbers be damned: Nothing tastes as good as skinny looks.