DYKT Edition #1
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I hope I never tire of oats oats delicious oats. They make me so so happy 🙂
Pretty much the usual: oats, almond milk, pecans, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, Greek yogurt (just a bit), cottage cheese, and some vanilla today. I sprinkled a couple extra coconut flakes on top cuz their my oats and I can! 🙂 And of course… peanut butter!!
Goodness in a bowl.
And now, for the very first edition of Did You Know Tuesday! Here on known as DYKTues 🙂
(Please note, these tidbits are intended to spark thought and conversation and are by no means all-encompassing)
Did You Know…
All calories are not created equal.
If you’ve tried to lose weight, you’ve probably heard the math that 3500 calories equal a pound. So if you eat 500 calories less per day, you lose a pound a week. Right? Well, sort of. Ever notice that you can eat 300 calories of peanut butter and oatmeal and make it to lunch just fine, but you eat 300 calories of donut and you’re starving in an hour? The nutrient content has a lot to do with. Things like fiber and protein are more satiating- that is, they help keep you full longer by slowing digestion. Essentially, the food stays in your stomach longer, so you don’t feel hungry as soon.
But there’s even more to it than that. Under the theory that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from, you would lose the same amount of weight eating 2,000 calories of sugar, cake, and cookies as you would eating 2,000 calories of broccoli, beans, and almonds. But that’s not the case! Doesn’t make any sense right? Well, if you think about how the body processes food, it starts to become a little more clear. The body is very good at digesting simple sugars. They provide immediate energy, and the body needs to be able to use that energy right after consumption. It’s a little more involved to break down fats and proteins. The method of breaking down these nutrients actually uses calories in the process. It’s called the “thermic effect of food”. Granted it’s not a ton of calories, but it does add to your overall metabolic rate- or how many calories you burn without doing anything. This is one of the many reasons why including healthy fats and protein is important!
No wonder my teachers said I was bad at math; 1+1 doesn’t always equal 1!
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