Worry about Carbs not Calories

The human body does not actually consume calories, it consumes nutrients found in the foods you eat which it converts into adenosine triphosphate or ATP. So while, it is important to know and manage the total amount of calories you eat, its far more important to understand the nutrition in the food. Put simply, a bag of chips and a banana may seem like the same amount of calories but obviously they dont provide your body with the same amount of energy.  What you need to watch for in calories is only the total calories you are consuming everyday and ensure that you are not exceeding what your body needs.

If your current body weight is above your ideal, reducing the total net carbs that you consume on a daily basis to approximately 100 gms for about 90 days is a great way to lose weight. These 100 gms should be sourced from healthy or complex carbs such as fuits, vegetables, nuts and seeds instead of what is typically consumed simple carbs like whole wheat roti, rice, wheat, bread, sugar etc. I found it very useful to track the carbs using available tools online such as www.mynetdiary.com. My experience showed that is was next to impossible to meet the daily limit of carb consumption of 100 gms and eat fast sugars or simple carbs. It was obvious that what my mother had been telling me all my life that “a naan was not really that good for you,” was true.  If you met your daily requirement of 100 gms of carbs, your calories would more likely than not be within your prescribed limits.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.