Nutrient Density vs Calorie Counting


Whether your goal is to loose weight, put on weight, gain muscle mass or to get lean muscle tone, this nutrition concept will get you to where you want to be. What exactly is nutrient density? This term refers to the amount of nutrients per bite. The more nutrients that you can fit into each bite, the more efficiently your body can digest, absorb and use that food for energy.

We are so used to the concept of “calorie counting” in order to gain or loose weight that we have forgotten the fundamental aspects of eating REAL FOOD. If there is one motto that I wish we could re-instill in this country is “EAT REAL FOOD.” This means, eat foods that are produced by nature rather than being produced by machines. Eat ingredients that your body can use for energy rather than ingredients that slow us down and hold us back from achieving optimal health.

Real Foods include:

  • Whole grains- 100% whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, oats
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Legumes- adzuki beans, lentils, white beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans
  • Organic eggs, grass-fed beef, organic free-range chicken, wild fish varieties

Someone who is eating very few calories of poor quality food-with the goal of losing weight- is truly harming their health. On the same note, someone who is eating large amounts of calories of poor quality food-in hopes of putting on weight- is also harming their health. The solution is to eat moderate amounts of good quality foods. Depending on your own personal goal, you will have to play around with the amounts and percentage of carbohydrates to protein to healthy fats. You will go beyond your goal by choosing to eat real food because your body will be able to process the food much more efficiently.

It’s enough of counting calories. We are all tired of it. Look at the ingredient list instead! That is where the important information can be found.

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