6 Reasons Why Calorie Counting is Rubbish

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Whenever you think of fat loss the first thing that pops into peoples heads is cutting down on your daily calories, counting how many calories you've had in one day and hell looking at the guidelines the government has given you.

Now this article will tell you how calorie counting is in fact rubbish and can even induce neurotic, obsessive compulsive behavior.

When clients chat to me regarding personal training two questions always seems to crop up, so much so that an entire book could be devoted to it! They are "How many calories should I consume?" and "What's the best diet to follow?"

Here's the shocker; calorie counting will NOT get you serious long term fat loss results.

Point systems and calorie counting do work in the short-term, I know enough people who have done it, however they don't necessarily promote long term change and have the best healthy eating plans with them. Let's take weight watchers as an example: How can a chocolate cake really be a healthy solution? But hey as long as it's all you eat over the day as that's all your points consumed, it's OK.... Right!!!

And as for their low points replacements, don't even get me started; go look at the ingredients list, hey I'm sure all the artificial sweeteners are really god for you, no honestly...

How many people have tried the weight watcher's diet, or some other alternative and saw initial results, but the second you got bored, hungry or wanted "real food", you put it all back on? That worked for you then didn't it? I think you're starting to see where I'm going here; it's all complete rubbish!

Here is my list of reasons why calorie counting will fail you in the long run:

- Calorie counting doesn't promote supportive foods: It's like I said earlier, some systems allow you to eat what you want as long as you don't exceed your daily points or calorie allowance. Some of these substances are not supportive to your body and in fact can cause you to go into storage mode. Your You will hang on to every bit of fat you have and actually start to store more body fat, you body will slow down, become lethargic and look for other sources of energy (commonly muscle) again slowing your metabolism (more fat storage) and leaving you prone to illness and injury.

- Calorie counting is so boring: Simply, people eat all their points or calorie allowance in the day, then get hungry later on and gorge on other foods. Feel guilty and start the cycle again tomorrow and so it continues.

- Calorie counting is stressful, complicated and can induce neurotic behaviour: You spend more time worrying about what foods have what calories, weighing out the food to the exact 0.0000001 gram and actually miss the point of eating; to provide nourishing foods that helps promote repair and growth within the body; not to mention it takes all the fun out of enjoying your food, neurotic, never.

- Calorie counting doesn't promote long term change: Do you want to spend the rest of your life counting calories? Where has the joy gone from eating supportive foods. Is this the healthiest way to live? Let's face it there are ways that are simple and easy to follow.

- Calorie counting is generalised and not specific to peoples individual needs: I mean we're all a 25year old, 6'2', 70kg male (ladies) aren't we? No! Wait you mean people are chemically unique and therefore may require individually adjusted nutrition, kind of like exercise. The phrase one man's food is another mans poison comes to mind.

- Calorie counting doesn't care about your metabolic type: Metabolic typing is a branch of science that breaks you down into 3 types (carbs, protein or mixed), it is then the process of determining the best ratio of nutrients for that type and then looking at how each time can be broken down further, again more individualised and specific to each persons needs.

So that's why Calorie counting DOESN'T work, there are in fact safer and more effective ways of losing weight that have the same short term fat loss results but also promote healthier and more effective long term lasting change..

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This article was published on 2010/03/29