Here Is How Nigerian Local Foods Are Making You Fat

When you talk about foods that make you fatten up quickly, what comes to the mind is Junk foods like your pizza, hamburger, meals from fast food joints. Our local dishes cannot be put in the same category with junk foods, but yes they do make you fatten up quickly


Simple, most if not all of Nigeria's local meals contains a high number of calories due to the high carbohydrate content. 

A calorie is the amount of energy in food or drinks. When you eat a certain meal your body makes uses of the calories in the meal for energy and other activities while the excess calories are stored away as glycogen or fat to use at a later time. So if you consume foods with a high number of calories and you don't make use of those calories, the excess will be stored and that will cause you to fatten up. 

So everything boils down to the calories and how you make use of them.

In a meal such as  Starch & Oil Soup, you have about 1,950 calories approx (although this will depend on how much of it you eat). If you eat this meal 3 times a day you could be going for around 5850 calories (values could differ), that is you are eating over a pound of weight daily, (although you get to burn some or most of these calories depending on your level of activity).

An average man would require about 2500 kcal to maintain a healthy body weight, while an average woman would require about 2,000 kcal. Remember these figures depend on how active you are, your age, present weight etc.

If you are not a very active fellow, the excess 2350 calories (from the 5850 calories) will get stored as fat and that is how you gain weight

Worse still, if you decide to eat eba or pounded yam in the evenings and retire to sleep 2 hours later, you will put on weight. Because the calories you gain from eating that meal are stored in your body as fat instead of being used when you go to sleep (because you are not performing any physical activity at night), so that is why I recommend taking something light before bed and avoid eating late at night.

To clear the air.

Nigerian local foods can only make you fat depending on how you burn the calories you consume. Remember I said if you are an inactive fellow (doesn't exercise or engage in much physical activity), you will gain weight (fat). So, you can consume Nigerian food and still remain fit and healthy if you make use of the calories you consume. 

I myself still consume our local meals up till today. 

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor.

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