Many people believe calorie counting is the best way to lose weight and stay healthy, however there are some important things to consider:
1. INACCURATE DATA
Calories on food labels have been reported to be inaccurate by up to 50%, this means there is no accurate way to count calories.
2. DO YOU REALLY KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR BODY NEEDS?
Most people have absolutely no idea how many calories their body needs to function.
There are many factors to take into account when it comes to calculating individual calorie requirements, over and above height and weight. Did you know that you burn a few hundred calories just while you are sleeping? Do you accurately account for daily changes in energy expenditure? Many people do not.
if you are unsure of how many calories your need then you are likely to be wasting your time.
3. NOT ALL CALORIES ARE CREATED EQUAL
Counting calories disregards how nutritious a food actually is. For example, some rice cakes are significantly lower in calories than a handful of nuts. However, nuts are packed with nutrients, plus contain protein and essential fats leaving you feeling full. Rice cakes are highly processed, nutrient-deficient and contain no protein or fats, leaving you hungry. According to a low calorie diet, the rice cakes would be better for weight loss. In reality, the nuts would not only be better for weight loss (leaving you less likely to overindulge later in the day) but will provide you with a powerful nutrient boost.
4. YOUR BODY IS HIGHLY INTELLIGENT
Counting calories encourages you to stop listening to your body.
By simply focusing on calories you learn to ignore your body’s intelligent hunger mechanisms. These are there to tell you when you are hungry and when you are full. A person that can listen to their body will not need to count calories.
If you have fallen victim to calorie counting, simply chewing your food well and slowing down your eating, can help to increase your sensitivity to these important hunger/satiety signals.
5. FOOD BECOMES CONTROLLING
Calorie counting brings with it a strong element of control.
When a person starts to control every aspect of their food intake, an unhealthy relationship with food can easily develop.
It is hugely underestimated hw many people struggle with a daily battle surrounding food, weight and body image.
Count nutrients not calories…
Author: Sasha Paul Dip NNT, mNNA, rCNHC
Sasha is an experienced nutritional therapist specialising in eating disorders and digestive health. If you are worried about yours or a loved one’s relationship with food get in touch now.