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Old 08-20-2007, 08:52 AM   #3
aphil
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S/C/G: 233.9/143/160

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Default So, if it is all about the calories...can I just eat whatever I want?

Well, yes and no.

Losing weight is about calories in vs. calories out, but there are also plenty of thin, or even skinny, people out there with high blood pressure, cancers, heart problems, high cholesterol, and other health concerns. Skinny doesn't equal healthy. The goal is to be not only thinner, but to get fitter and healthier as well by changing our lifestyles.

Your body is a machine, that needs fuel to perform. It needs protein to fuel the muscles. It needs fat for the organs, skin and hair. It needs the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. It needs fiber for the digestive system. It needs calcium for the bones and teeth. If you don't give it what it needs, then it suffers, and doesn't perform properly. If it doesn't get what it needs-then it can even put you at a higher risk for diseases.

The same goes with excess-too much sugar, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium can cause or aggravate health issues as well.

One of the benefits of calorie counting is that nothing is forbidden, but on the same note, a treat should be just that-a treat.
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