A study was performed where overweight children were given the same amount of calories for breakfast. They were split into three groups. The first group was given instant oatmeal. The second group was given steel cut oatmeal. The third group was given an omelet and fruit.
They ate this meal for breakfast, then repeated whatever they had for breakfast again for lunch. They were then told that the rest of the day, they could eat whatever they wanted to eat.
Which group do you think ate the least? Which ate the most?
Well, believe it or not, the group who ate the omelet with fruit ate less the rest of the day than the other two groups. Those who ate the steel cut oatmeal ate 51% more food and those who had the instant oatmeal ate 81% more than those who ate eggs.
So, what does this tell us? Well, both groups ate the same amount of calories. This tells us that not all calories are created equal! In this case, the instant oatmeal group had higher levels of blood fats, blood sugars, insulin, and adrenaline.
Just like in the case of physics where you drop a 1 lb lead ball and a 1 lb of feathers in a vaccuum, which falls faster? They both fall at the same rate since they weigh the same. However, if you drop them off a bridge, which would fall faster? The lead ball since it deals with air resistance differently than the feathers.
The foods you consume are each metabolized differently (like air resistance), though they may contain the same amount of calories.
Adding things like nuts, nutmilk, flaxseeds to oatmeal allows it to be absorbed more slowly.
Keep this in mind as you are choosing each meal for the day. Be sure you aren’t filling your caloric needs with processed, nutrient-lacking foods that add no nutritional value and wasted energy to your body!
(for more information on this topic, check out Ultra-Metabolism by Mark Hyman, M.D.)
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry. She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!