For quite some time people have been lead to believe that counting calories is the way to lose fat. That you need to burn more calories than you eat and not consume more than the recommended amount. This might work for a select few, but the whole calorie theory has been largely deemed as false.
Why Counting Calories Won’t Work
The main reason calorie counting is a waste of time, is due to the fact that a very small percentage of food items have the actual number of calories listed on their labels. More importance needs to be given to what we eat rather than how much of it. The type and quality of food you consume can make a much bigger difference. If we focus only on calories, it takes away the joy of eating and also makes us very conscious throughout the day.
Another reason to give up this absurd way of eating is because when we try to eat the right amount of calories we may not be consuming the right stuff. Calories do not tell us how nutritious the food is.
Calories in 1 oz of almonds: 160 Calories in a bag of chips: 160
Both these foods have the same amount of calories, but does that mean they have the same effect on our bodies?
The Truth About Calories
As stated above, it’s not about calorie counting but about calorie awareness. Foods such as chocolates and sodas contain empty calories that do nothing to fill you up. On the other hand, there are also foods which take longer to digest and boost the feeling of fullness. It’s not just about how many calories you consume but also how many calories are burned in digesting that food. Some foods may contain large amounts but may be easily digested while others may contain the same amount of calories but take longer to digest. The latter is more beneficial.
Foods which contain lots of protein like beef, eggs, cheese and beans are the most filling. Bulky and indigestible foods such as kale and broccoli will also help keep you full for a longer period of time. Eating fruits such as apples are greatly beneficial due to the fact that digesting them burns more calories than the amount present in them.
So eating foods depending on the amount of calories is not a smart idea. The smart thing would be to look at the amount of protein, fat and fiber present in the foods so you know which are the most beneficial for you.