Not All Calories Are Created Equal
“Calories are not just calories,” asserts Dr. Caroline Apovian, Director of Nutrition and Weight Management at the Boston Medical Center. Some foods are high in calories but still help us lose weight. For instance, one study in the European Journal of Nutrition found that olive oil–which has 119 calories per tablespoon–helps to lower fat by 80% compared to soybean oil.
“Having a calorie limit is a good idea, but it’s critical to meet that goal with as many healthy choices as possible,” advises Dr. Apovian. As you choose your meals, keep in mind that you need calories to nourish your body and promote a healthy metabolism.