Calorie Counting is Flawed. Here’s Why…
Since the start of the dieting era (early 1980s) there have been many books, programs and, more recently, apps that can give you a relatively accurate measure of the calorie content of thousands of foods.
While the theory of burning more calories than you eat to lose weight is scientifically possible, we are not scientific beings, we are emotional beings with many complex hormones (and women have more of these hormones than men). It is because we are emotional beings that the ‘Counting Calorie’ system does not work in the long-term.
If you want proof, put these calorie-counting approaches to the test, without changing your usual calorie intake or exercise/activity level.
- Have no more than 6 hours sleep a night, drink at least 4 cups of coffee/day, train extra hard and take on more work/responsibilities than you can healthily handle. Then see what happens to the fat at the front of your belly.
- Make 80-90% of your energy intake from carbohydrates, even the “Good ones” like wholemeal bread & cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Then see what happens to your love handles, the area just above your hip bones.
- Ensure broken sleep (most mothers with newborns do this anyway), have most of your set calorie intake from processed foods – all the low-fat, sugar-free food products you like, and drink some form of alcohol every night. If you’re a female go on the contraceptive pill and if you’re a male just drink more beer. Then see what happens to your body-fat around your hips, thighs, butt and calves.
Doing any of the above approaches you will find it almost impossible to lose weight from specific areas of your body, you can even burn off MORE energy than you eat, but believe me the body-fat won’t shift.
There are millions of dieters who go through this deprivation and frustration week after week, ruining their metabolism and suffering emotionally.
The solution is to learn to read your body and understand how to lose weight the easy and efficient way, without counting calories or going hungry every day for the rest of your life.
‘Tim’s Tips’ in the Bad, Better, Best Food Choices’ app provides you with effective, proven and long-term ways to lose weight. Download now if you want to empower yourself with accessible, practical ways to get healthier, slimmer and happier.