Ask Dani – 200 Calories or 240 Calories?

I couldn't resist this pop-tart kitty picture. Sorry.


Dear Dani,

My friend and I were arguing this week about what’s better for you to eat: A 200 calorie pop-tart for breakfast or a 240 calorie egg sandwich on whole-grain bread. I said that the sandwich was a better option, since the stuff inside it is better for you, but my friend swears by eating as little calories possible to lose weight, and therefore the pop-tart is a better option. Help me prove her wrong please!

Thanks, Fighting Friends

Dear Fighting Friends,

Sorry to say this, but your friend is wrong. Just because something has fewer calories doesn’t mean it’s better for you to eat and it doesn’t mean that it will help you lose weight. It is true that the formula for losing weight is calories in vs. calories out, but not all calories are the same. Pop-Tarts are loaded with sugar and refined flour, which means that when they enter your body they get absorbed way too quickly, and because of that you’re hungry (and most likely sluggish) an hour later. And that means you’re going to end up eating something and then not only take in your lower calorie pop-tart, but something else on top of that too. Had you just had the egg sandwich, which is full of whole-grains, fiber, and protein you would have been satisfied for at least 3 hours. Plus, because your body absorbs those kinds of calories a lot slower you would be using more of them for energy.
So, sorry friend, I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but if you want to lose weight, make sure that your calories are coming from good sources, even if it means eating more of them.

A Verbal Bitch Slap To The Face*

Blue-Ringed Octopus: Has the ability to camouflage itself until it's ready to strike... Not unlike some people you thought you knew...

My friend got trampled by a coworker in her office yesterday and it got me thinking about the people you keep in your life. You know that kind of friend that can never be truly happy for your success, or the one who gives you a backhanded compliment, or the one who will only criticize, but never praise, because she’s so jealous of her inability or lack of what you have? Why are you friends with them? What purpose do they serve? If you surround yourself with negative people you’ll wind up feeling pretty badly about yourself, and that’s definitely not going to help your weight loss, because it’s only going to feed into your already existing destructive thoughts and behaviors. But if you make sure to weed out the sabotagers, haters, gossipers, and angry people in your life things will start to look up and you’ll have the confidence and support to succeed. We’re only on this world a short amount of time and we don’t need to waste it with people who make us feel badly about ourselves. And we certainly don’t need to justify their behavior by giving them the satisfaction of feeling insecure around them and by losing confidence in our abilities. Recognize who these people are in your life and steer clear of them. They’re like poison and will slowly eat away at your soul. You’re better than that.

(*My friend’s words, not mine – Love it!)

Have a question that needs answering? Send ‘em in! Every Thursday I’ll be answering a new question, and it might just be yours!