Calories and carbohydrates (carbs) are two terms that are often associated with weight management. While both affect your weight, they have many differences. We’d like to walk you through what those differences are!
A calorie is a unit of measurement for energy. It measures the amount of energy that is released when food is burned. The number of calories you consume and burn each day ultimately affects your weight. It’s simple, if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight.
Tracking calories on a day-to-day basis when trying to manage your weight is a great idea. You can make sure you are not consuming too many calories but still enjoy your food!
Carbohydrates are one of three sources that provide energy to the body. They are found in foods like bread, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables. They are an important source of energy for the body, especially for the brain and muscles.
Did you know? There is actually two kinds of carbs! Simple carbs are found in sugary foods that are digested quickly by the body and can cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. Complex carbs are found in foods like whole grains, fruits etc. They are digested more slowly by the body and can provide a more sustained source of energy.
Carbs and weight management
While both calories and carbs can affect your weight, they do so in different ways. Consuming too many calories can lead to weight gain, regardless of the source of those calories. Consuming too many carbs can also lead to weight gain, but only if you consume more carbs than your body needs for energy.
However, not all carbs are created equal. Simple carbs, like those found in sugary foods, can cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels, leading to cravings and hunger shortly after eating. This can lead to overeating and weight gain. On the other hand, complex carbs, like those found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, can provide a more sustained source of energy, helping to curb cravings and keep you feeling full for longer.
Calories and carbs are both important factors to consider when managing your weight. Consuming too many calories or too many carbs can lead to weight gain, but not all carbs are created equal. Choosing complex carbs over simple carbs and monitoring your calorie intake can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. However, it is important to remember that weight management is complex and may require a personalized approach, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and consultation with OHR Medical.