This is the new system of calorie count devised by Dr. Bimal Chhajer, MD, and makes counting of calories possible in an easy way and helps common people to count calories approximately while they eat. This system is valid only when the foods are cooked or eaten with zero oil. This system will help common people to lose weight without any effort as they can fill up their stomach with low calories.
The modern medical science has divided all our foods and recipes into seven components. These are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, water and fiber. Other than these seven, in all the foods all over the world there is no extra thing possible.
The first three – carbohydrates, proteins and fats – are the providers of calories in our body. The rest four – minerals, water, vitamins and fiber – do not provide energy or calories but are very important for our living. They are like supportive food without which life is not possible. But these four do not provide any calories to our body. They are “zero calorie food.”
The table here provides a list of foods which are predominantly carbohydrates, proteins or fats in our food. Water is taken with the food and most of the times they are components of every food. Vitamins and minerals are also eaten as parts of foods – they are mostly present in fruits, salads in good quantity.
Carbohydrates: Roti (made of wheat, maida, corn, bajra or other cereals), bread (toast, sandwich in any form), macaroni, noodles, dalia/porridge, cornflakes, sugar, jaggery, honey, fruits, vegetables and salads.
Proteins: All kinds of pulses, eggs, milk, meats of all kinds (chicken, mutton, beef, pork, ham, fish and all muscles/organs of dead animals).
Fats: Oils of all kind (ghee, sunflower or corn oil, coconut oil, soyabean oil, palm oil, groundnut oil, rice bran oil, rapeseed oil, almond oil, gingley oil and so on), butter, cheese, margarine, chocolates, ice cream, all nuts.
So far as calories are concerned, one gram of carbohydrate food will give us four calories, one gram of protein will give us four calories and one gram of fat will give us nine calories. But calorie calculations become difficult when we find almost all the foods have some particular percentage of these three. A usual chart with food values becomes very difficult – as we have to add all the individual calories by using a calculator. This does not become possible in practice.
In Saaol, we started analyzing all the foods for calories and we found approximately all the common foods can be categorized in different distinct groups. We tried this system for the past 25 years and found that our patients are increasing weight by following this system.
We devised a very high calorie food category – which contains high amount of fat. This category was named as Rs. 500 calorie notes. The foods with carbohydrates were divided into three categories, depending on how much are their presence in a particular food. One group was high calorie carbohydrates (HCC) and was named as Rs. 100 notes; the second group was having medium of carbohydrates and was called Rs. 50 notes and the third group, which had lowest amount of carbohydrates, was called low-calorie notes or Rs. 20 notes.
In protein foods – we did not include meat – as we recommended people to avoid cholesterol and all the non-vegetarian food were having high amount of cholesterol. But the pulses were put in these three categories- depending on their presence and calories. For meats we can put fish and chicken in Rs. 100 notes and others in Rs. 500 notes. The non-veg is not for heart patients.
How to use SAAOL’s Calorie System
If you see, you will find that the Rs. 20 and Rs. 50 notes have more fibers, vitamins and more water and thus the calories are less. They are very good for losing weight. They must be consumed in good quantities.
On the other hand, the foods that increase our weight are Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 notes. They can be called high calorie carbohydrate (HCC) and high fat food (HFF) respectively. If you want to lose weight consume very low amount of Rs. 100 foods and avoid all the Rs. 500 notes.
Once you will lose weight with this system and do not want to further lose weight you can start Rs. 100 foods and maintain the weight. But those who want to increase weight can use the same tools. They should use Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 notes in plenty to increase weight. But be aware, the Rs. 500 notes are going to push you towards heart disease. And also who are already heart patients, avoid all Rs. 500 foods.