Muscle & Performance - - Pro Corner -

One of the most preva­lent weight-loss myths is that all calo­ries are es­sen­tially the same. Take in too many of any calo­ries and you’ll punch your ticket to pudgeville. But we now know that some calo­ries work harder to keep your physique in tip-top shape. Case in point: A study in the jour­nal Food & Nu­tri­tion Re­search pro­vided vol­un­teers ei­ther a sand­wich made with multi­grain bread and ched­dar cheese or one made with highly pro­cessed white bread and cheese slices. Even though both meals had the same amount of to­tal calo­ries on pa­per, the less-pro­cessed sand­wich meal re­quired nearly twice as much en­ergy to di­gest re­sult­ing in fewer calo­ries be­ing avail­able to the body for stor­age. The pro­cessed sand­wich used only 11 per­cent of the food’s calo­ries for the needs of di­ges­tion, but the multi­grain sand­wich used al­most 20 per­cent. So calo­rie coun­ters take note: This is a good ex­am­ple of how nu­tri­tion trumps num­bers tal­ly­ing when it comes to win­ning the bat­tle of the bulge.

Take Ac­tion: Again, this is proof that it’s harder for your di­ges­tive sys­tem to break down foods that are closer to their nat­u­ral state, which can trans­late into calo­rie sav­ings and

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