Not all calories are equal

Counting calories is the most basic way to lose weight. Use more calories than you consume and voila, weight loss! Tried and tested. Scientific. Basic math. Find out how many calories your body needs to be at a certain weight, how many calories you consume and take one from the other. From there, just add up the calories in each thing you eat. We can all do this basic level of math.

Even if you know nothing about nutrition, 1500 calories from fast food is not the same quality as 1500 from fresh fruit, veg and organic meat. From a purely technical stand point, they have the same quantity of calories but all calories aren’t equal. Quantity and quality are different and that’s important.

What about time. An hour is an hour. But all hours aren’t equal. An hour spent working on a hobby is arguably an hour spent more productively than an hour spent scrolling on your phone. It’s up to you how you want to spend your time and who you want to spend it with but be honest about it. Be critical. Evaluate.

Let’s stop treating all time as equal. Less of this “start on Monday” or “New Years resolution.” The only time you have is the time you have now. The best way to treat this time, is by focusing on the single thing you want to achieve in that moment. No multi-tasking or coming back to it later. Focus. Not all calories are equal.