A dieter’s worst nightmare. A burger with fries from Red Robbin Gourmet Burgers, Mike Gonzalez, CC-BY-SA 3.0. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Red_Robin_burger.jpg

For the past couple of years, the idea that the calorie is the best representative of energy content in food and energy expenditure by the body has dominated nutritional thought. The debate on whether a ‘calorie is a calorie’ runs rampant in the comment section of many Instagram fitness pages, and is the central focus of many weight loss, gain and maintenance plans. Yet, strangely enough, when I began to ignore the caloric content in foods and…