You Ate The WHOLE Thing?

Are you allowed to eat a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s?
 
Of course you are, it’s your choice.
 
However…
 
Just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.
 
Lots of people enjoy ice cream and we all know that once you start it’s very very easy to devour a whole tub without a second thought or hesitation, but eating the whole tub isn’t the real issue, it’s what you’re going to do with al the energy you receive from eating it.
 
If you were to say the average tub has around 280calories per 100ml and considering each tub is 500ml that’s an average of 1400calories per tub with a 95g grams of fat and 110g of carbs.
 
Now carbs and fat together are never a good combination, no matter how delicious a paring they are, but they are not the enemy, after all they will be broken down in to energy to be used by the body but as we said above; using that energy is the problem.
 
More often than not you’re going to eat a whole tub at night, probably before bed so you won’t really be doing much in the way of activity…. Well…
 
It’s worth remembering that excess energy for the most part will likely be stored as fat, so maybe it’s best not to eat the whole tub. That is unless you can ‘fit’ it in to your macros we suppose.
 
There are plenty of alternatives such as Frozen Yoghurt and alike that are far more energy friendly and can contain as little as half the calories of an average tub of ice cream. You will just have to shop around for which ones you like.
 
The key thing to remember is nutrition is all about balance.
 
Obviously in an ideal world 80-90% of your daily calories would come from single ingredient whole foods and the remaining 10-20% would be from much simpler (and tastier) sources.
 
While in theory you can eat ‘anything’ provided you’re hitting your micro/macro nutrients and everything is in balance I have yet to see anyone actually look good eating the reverse of my opinion (80-90% what they want, 10-20% singles ingredient whole foods), that’s not to say it isn’t possible, just not that probable. Though that is only my opinion, I’m sure there are plenty who can prove me wrong, more power to them I say. 
 
To sum it all up, if you want to have a whole tub of ice cream, be that Ben & Jerry’s or any other then feel free but make sure it fits your energy expenditure requirements otherwise you might start seeing some extra ‘fluff’ appearing.
 

Enjoy,

Ross

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2 responses to “You Ate The WHOLE Thing?

  1. Even though we could eat that ice cream and get away with it in terms of not gaining weight the real question to me is should? My daily caloric requierments are big enough that I have the opportunity but the consequences to my health are more important to me.

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