There is a nutritional strategy that I talk about with all of my clients and that is nutrient density versus calorie density. Foods are either one or the other and obviously calorie dense foods have lead to large in part our weight problem in our country.
Foods now a days have changed quite a bit and there is obviously more processed foods but food is more readily available and is fairly cheap. However, the cheaper the food the more calorie dense it usually is. Also the more processed a food is the more calorie dense it generally is. So our goal is to choose nutrient dense foods over calorie dense foods.
So what does each mean?
Nutrient dense foods: Foods that contain higher volumes (size) without a high number of calories but yet rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, ect.. Perfect examples are whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, lean proteins
Calorie dense foods: Foods that have less volume and higher in calories per serving with less vitamin and nutrient content. Perfect examples are ice cream, potato chips, pretty much anything high in fat, anything processed or anything that contains a high percentage of calories without much weight.
Eating calorie dense foods will not make you fat but eating too many of them will. If you monitor your food intake by tracking your food, be aware of what you are doing and make the conscious effoct to look at things from nutrient dense vs calorie dense eye glasses then the chances of keeping your calories under control is much much better.