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Does it matter where my calories come from?

Q: Does it matter whether I get my calories from healthy food or unhealthy food, as long as I’m in a caloric deficit?

A: You can lose weight eating only junk food, but it’s not recommended.

The key word here is “only”. As usual, it’s all about balance. If you only eat junk food then it makes it harder to lose weight and it’s very unhealthy. If you eat 90% healthy with the odd takeaway pizza, you’ll probably be OK.

Remember, 500 calories from lean protein is very different to 500 calories from crisps. Your body will metabolise them in very different ways – not least due to the thermic effect of food.

You can read more about this in the link below

Could ultra-processed foods be harmful for us?

Why do I recommend plenty of protein when in a caloric deficit?