Alright, I know what you are thinking. "Great, I'll finally learn how to drop a pound a week!" Well, this tip might help you do that, but this blog post isn't necessarily about weight loss. However, this tip can be used to help you meet your weight loss goals and still eat in abundance and feel full.
Let's get started.
Have you ever thought about how many calories are in a pound of food?
Just the other day I was reading Rip Esselstyn's new book "The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet: Eat Plants, Lose Weight, Save Your Health." Rip states that your stomach can only hold about 3 to 5 pounds of food a day. It wants to hold that much food and your body craves it. So in order to feel full and happy in our day, you should eat that much weight of food.
So that got me thinking. How many calories are in a pound of each type of food we eat? The normal person needs to eat about 2,000 calories a day to meet their energy needs, but will that meet the 3 to 5 pound requirement as well? If you eat 2,000 calories in a day how much will all of that weigh?
So I went on google and asked, "How many calories are in a pound of ___." I searched for several different types of foods and here is what I found:
A pound of normal pepperoni pizza 1,208 calories
A Pound of Apples 237 calories
A pound of olive oil is 3,998 calories
A pound of strawberries is 151 Calories
A pound of potato chips 2,428 calories
A pound of Sweet potatoes 389 calories
A pound of donuts is 2,057 calories
A pound of oatmeal is 306 calories
A pound of cheese 1,831 calories
A pound of lentils 516 calories
As you can see, the results are pretty shocking and it all comes down to three things: The foods that have the least amount of calories per pound are 1) foods that are a real living food, 2) not processed, and 3) have water and fiber. Water in your food has a huge impact on how many calories you take in. Let's look at grapes versus raisins. A pound of grapes has 306 calories but a pound of raisins has 1,361 calories. So what is the difference?
That is a huge difference! These two foods are exactly the same, except one is modified from it's original form and has something extracted from it.
So if you are trying to lose weight but you still want to feel full, focus on real whole foods that are lower in calories, have water weight, are nutrient dense versus calorie dense, and have fiber. This will help you reach your 3 to 5 pounds of food a day, but not go over your calorie goal.
So crew, take this info and start figuring out what you can eat a lot of in your day and what you should be limiting so you don't go over your calorie needs.
This is a pretty cool concept, right?
Motiv8ers, I know you have questions, so post below and let's start helping each other be happier and healthier.
If you would like to check out Rip Esselstyn Book "The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet: Eat Plants, Lose Weight, Save Your Health" then click here and get Motiv8ed to take control of your health!
Stay EPIC and Don't Forget to Be AWESOME!
Coach Ty out!