A calorie is not a nutrient, but certain nutrients provide calories. Protein, carbohydrate, and fat make up the calorie contents of various foods. Alcohol is not a nutrient – but it sure provides calories!
- 1 gram of protein contains 4 calories
- 1 gram of carbohydrate contains 4 calories
- 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories
- 1 gram of alcohol contains 7 calories
The remaining nutrients – water, minerals, and vitamins – do not provide calories, nor does fiber or cholesterol.
Few foods and beverages are 100% of any one nutrient. Most foods and beverages area combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrate (and sometimes alcohol), so a food’s calorie count is the sum of the calories provided by each nutrient.
Even though most foods are made up of two or more nutrients, food are categorized by their predominant nutrient. For example, a bagel and a bowl of cereal are considered carbohydrate foods even though they also contain protein and, sometimes, fat. Even though a chicken breast is considered a protein food, not all of it calories come from protein. Chicken also contains fat, which contributes to calories.
So how do you change your eating lifestyle when you crave processed foods, sugar and fat? HYPNOSIS! Plain and simple – hypnosis. I listened to a woman today tell me she was just too busy this week to listen to her hypnosis CDs and she had a box of chocolates and a batch of cookies that was almost gone – then she wouldn’t buy any more. She is so hypnotizedto not waste food that she couldn’t throw or give the cookies and chocolates away. I pointed out to her that she was paying me $150.00 for this hour – so she could either waist the food or waste the food. If she had listened to the hypnosis CD, she would have heard hypnotic suggestions to desire healthy foods. Using self-hypnosis she could manage her behavior rather than allowing the cookies and chocolates to manage her. Hypnotherapy really can make the difference between success and failure at reaching and maintaining a healthy goal weight.