Counting Calories: Why This Dietitian Does Not Recommend It


Calorie counting became quite popular a few years back and many people still follow this method to try and lose weight. What they don’t know is that the calorie model of weight loss has failed and it has been deemed as false.

What is a calorie?

Many people talk about counting calories and recommend it every chance they get, but most of them do not even know what a calorie is.

“A calorie is the amount of energy required to heat up one kg of water by one degree Celsius”

It is nothing more than a measurement of stored energy. The calorie counts of different foods simply tell us the amount of energy the food contains. Our bodies require a certain amount of energy for daily activities and we receive this form the food we eat.

The “BMR” or “Basic Metabolic Rate”, is the measurement of the amount of energy your body needs in a twenty-four hour period. For example, a 30 year old, 190 pound male will require 2000 calories per day. This will vary depending upon that person’s physical activity as well.

Why calorie counting doesn’t work

As stated above, the calorie model of weight loss has failed. Not only that, but it has also been proven that eating more calories than the recommended amount might not result in weight gain. That is because every individuals body has a different inner mechanism and simply counting the calories you consume is not enough. Many of these are empty calories which do not supply any energy whatsoever, such as those you get from chocolates or sodas.

The thing you should look for in the food you eat is the nutritional value. How much protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fat, among other things, that food contains. Instead of eating the foods with the lowest amount of calories, eat the foods with the lowest amount of fat and the highest amount of protein.

Other than that, eat the right types of foods at the right time. Try to eat more protein before a workout and more carbohydrates after. Finding out what works for you is important, the key is to listen to your body and to how you feel throughout the day. If you feel less energetic and hungrier between meals, then you need to rotate your meals. It’s not an easy process, but once you figure it out you will have no trouble keeping that weight off.




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