Consuming more calories than we need in any given day is what produces weight gain, which is important for neuropathy patients to avoid.
A calorie, in nutrition, is a word that describes how much potential “energy” exists in a certain food.
Now some foods are more calorie dense than others. Here’s a breakdown: Fat: 1 gram = 9 calories, Protein: 1 gram = 4 calories, Carbohydrates: 1 gram = 4 calories, Alcohol: 1 gram = 7 calories
So as you can see, alcohol, which has no significant nutritional value, is HIGH in calories—but fats, which when healthy are of high quality, pack even MORE energy.
But our body tends to absorb and process certain nutrients very differently. For example, fats are usually absorbed very slowly. Carbohydrates and alcohol are absorbed very quickly.
Because carbohydrates and alcohol in particular don’t create the feeling of fullness like fats do, it is possible to consume large amounts of calories without you even knowing it.
This is exactly what makes foods such as candy and soda so dangerous. You really are consuming very concentrated sources of energy.
So you’re consuming more calories then you can burn efficiently; the net result is often weight gain.
You may already understand that excess calorie consumption can cause obesity, and related diseases including heart disease, neuropathy, plus an increased risk of certain cancers.
One other very important point: Consuming significant amounts of calories from carbohydrates causes our bodies to pump out excess insulin.
Excess insulin can cause a whole host of health problems. In the short term, it can cause us to feel briefly almost high, but sluggish within an hour—and if you are pre-diabetic, possibly create a very unpleasant situation of hypoglycemia.
Consuming more calories than we need in any given day is what produces weight gain. Another factor is that it becomes much more difficult to lose.
A lot of people are not aware that 1 pound of body fat has 3500 potential calories.
So to lose 1 pound of body fat, you need to burn 3500 excess calories. This is the equivalent of running approximately 35 miles or cross-country skiing about 22 miles.
The other way to lose weight, and cut your risk of disease—the solution we advocate especially for neuropathy and chronic pain patients—is calorie control, limiting or eliminating alcohol, and carbohydrate control.
This is what makes the NeuropathyDR Diet so powerful.
We recommend you follow it!
Join the conversation on Facebook!