If you consume more energy than you spend, you may gain weight, no matter whether you’re eating candy or oatmeal. However, if you don't consume enough calories, you will lose weight and your body won't have enough energy to carry out all kinds of metabolic processes.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that all calories are the same, though. A chocolate bar may technically have the same calorie value as a smoothie with nuts and oats, but that doesn’t mean they’ll both have the same effects on your body. Many chocolate bars contain a high amount of sugar and fat, which enter the bloodstream quickly, cause the body to produce more insulin and store more fat as a result.
Not to mention, a chocolate bar won’t keep you satisfied nearly as long as a smoothie. That’s because smoothies are filled with complex carbohydrates and fiber from oatmeal and fresh fruit, which takes longer for your body to absorb and prevents your blood sugar levels from rising too quickly, keeping you feeling content and satiated for hours.
In general, what counts is the amount of calories you’re eating, because you’d gain weight if you ate too many smoothies, too. Spreading your calorie needs equally across the days’ meals and snacks will set you up for a balanced and healthy diet.
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