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Calories In Vs. Calories Out

Calories In Vs. Calories Out

Equation for a healthy weight, or is it?  


A study published in The Journal of Nutritionrecently compared the diets and lifestyles of children living in urban and rural parts of South American region called the Shuar.  Children in the rural areas were very active, practiced foraging for food, consumed few processed foods and were overall considered small for age but nourished.Children that lived in nearby industrialized areas went to school daily, were much more sedentary and included “market foods such as dairy, meat and carbohydrates in the form of white rice and other processed foods.  

Maybe unsurprisingly, researchers found that 1/3 of the urban children were considered overweight but the most amazing find was that despite having vastly different diets and lifestyles, both groups of children had virtually the same total energy expenditure (TEE).  How could this be when the rural children were clearly much more active?  

Scientists hypothesize that the metabolism of the rural children has become ultra efficient, using fewer calories for certain activitieand has learned to funnel those calories to other vital bodily functions.  As a result, they conclude that the diet was the major factor in these differences in weight and not physical activity.  

While exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s thought that your body weight is a result dependent on 90% diet and 10% exercise – this study supports that idea.  For plant-based meal inspiration from whole foods, check out our recipe center on!  


Published April 1st 2021

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