Losing weight without giving up? Those who pay attention to the energy density of the food consumed can easily save calories without severely limiting their eating habits. Popular dishes in direct comparison
If you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you eat. So the well-known credo of nutritional medicine. Low-energy diets are usually associated with a lot of sports and dietary abandonment. Experts such as the nutritionist Johannes Erdmann of Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University recommend a gentler method. The key words are energy density and glycemic index.
The so-called energy density shows how many kilocalories a gram of food contains. The glycemic index (GI) is more indirect and weaker. A high GI causes the blood sugar level to rise sharply. Even in the three main components of our food – fat, carbohydrates, protein – show great differences. While one gram of fat contains nine kilocalories, four are the same amount of carbs or protein.
Those who pay attention to the energy density and the GI of the consumed foods can easily save a few calories.