There are so many different diets and diet options. Some diets tell you to count carbs, others tell you to count calories. But how can you know for yourself what you should limit to be healthy? In fact, what’s even the difference between carbs and calories?
First of all, it’s important to note that calories and carbs are talking about two entirely different things. Calories are a basic unit of measurement (like a tablespoon, but for food). Carbs, on the other hand, are an organic compound.
Calories aren’t really anything by themselves. Instead, they’re a combination of multiple things. Calories are a measurement of fat, sugar, protein, and carbohydrates in your food. Fat, sugar, protein, and carbohydrates are all used by the body for energy, but they’re all used differently.
A single gram of fat provides 9 calories of energy. A single gram of sugar, carbohydrates, or protein only provides 4 calories. In order to lose weight, most diets recommend that you create a deficiency in calories. This means that you need to use more calories than you eat. Because more calories are used when you’re working out, it’s important to workout to lose weight.
But here’s the problem: some diets recommend that you count carbs, which isn’t the same as counting calories. How do you know whether you should be counting carbs or calories?
Unfortunately, the correct answer is neither. Well, actually, it’s a blend of both. It is essential to count calories when you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s even more important to ensure that your calories are coming from the right place.
In your diet, you should be getting 45 to 65% of your calories from carbohydrates (with less than 10% of these coming from sugar), 10 to 35% should come from protein, and 20 to 35% should come from fat.
Ideally, in a good diet, you would be following these guidelines. Which, unfortunately, means doing a lot more math than you’re doing right now. In order to properly do this, you have to count carbs, sugars, protein, fat, and calories.
Sounds hard, right? Luckily, there are plenty of tools to help keep track of all of this. One of the best is probably with you everywhere you go: your smartphone.
There are different apps that you can use to help you keep track of your diet. An app like Wholesome will give you daily percentages for what you’ve eaten. You just have to remember to enter the information in.
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