Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calorie Counting: Does weight = health?!

I read an article the other day about a nutritionist who only ate junk food for a month and lost a few pounds. The person intended to prove that it's only a matter of calories and as long as the calorie intake was lower than calories expended, weight would be lost.

Another nutritionist wrote about eating corndogs and M+Ms on her blog. She's skinny and looks great, so she must be healthy. She's a nutritionist!

Does weight equal health?

No! Certainly overweight can be indicative of ill-health

I've known several people who are appropriate weight and have healthy skin, hair and eyes (these are often telltales of health). Yet they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Calories and weight do not equal health.

Health is a strong immune system. One capable of fighting off minor colds and viruses. Health is preventing major disease. Health happens from the inside out - meaning a substantial population of healthy bacteria, good elimination (physically, emotionally and mentally), a balance of work, fun and relaxation.

Yes, you can lost weight by eating fewer calories and burning more calories. That has little to do with health. You are what you eat, drink and think. I'm going to joyfully make my morning juice now.

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