Quality of Food

♠️Quality of Food♠️

🔹 A frequent debate in the fitness industry that I constantly run across centers on whether or not the quality of your food matters. Some people embrace the calories in – calories out (CICO) method a little too strongly and often claim that you can eat whatever you want as long as it fits within your macros.

🔹 Unfortunately, this suggestion is just a bit one dimensional. Studies convey that processed foods (snack items, restaurant foods, etc.) actually decrease the thermogenic response. This would throw off the calories in calories out equation because you would not be able to account for the change in your diet-induced energy expenditure.

🔹  For the most part, I prefer the 80/20 approach to eating which is when you stay on your diet 80% of the time. Being too strict usually gives people a negative relationship with food, so I like to allow a little bit of cheating in a diet. However, I do suggest that most of your food comes from natural sources. Essentially, you should plan on cooking most of your food to ensure your calories in calories out equations are a little more accurate.

Resources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2897733/

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