Why I Don’t Believe In Counting Calories
As you guys know, I love me some reality TV. The Voice, MasterChef, Keeping Up With The Kardashians (don’t judge me), and The Biggest Loser are all part of my guilty viewing repertoire. However, as much as I love watching the transformations on The Biggest Loser (unrealistic as they are) sitting back and watching them all focus so much on calorie restricting really tests my loyalty to the show. Counting and restricting calories is not effective when it comes to wellness or long-term weight-loss.
A ‘calorie’ is simply the term that is used to measure the amount of energy that we receive from food. So why are they considered evil?
Calories have simply become victims of the ‘diet’ and weight loss industry and their ploys to use clever marketing to make us all suckers. And boy, are they succeeding. The amount of people I encounter who won’t eat something because it contains a certain amount of calories blows me away. Many of us have been fooled, but we are not looking any slimmer or feeling any better because of it.
It’s believed that in order to lose weight, one must burn more calories than they consume. Let’s consider why this is a load of crap:
NOT ALL CALORIES ARE CREATED EQUAL!
Too many of us fill our diets with empty calories. This means that we are consuming calories, but not receiving any nutrients. The diet industry leads us to believe that choosing something with fewer calories will lead to weight loss, but they don’t tell us that those calories consist of sugar, preservatives, additives, and chemicals. When this is the case, the food will actually be contributing to weight gain, not weight loss – plus it will rob you of health.
Let’s say we had 100 calories of processed chocolate and 100 calories of broccoli – which one is it best to eat?
Or let’s compare …
A large avocado contains about 350-400 calories
A Coke Classic contains 140 calories
A can of Diet Coke contains 0 calories
Which do you think is the healthiest? Of course, if you’ve been having around here long enough you know that it is the avocado. Avo may be high in fat, but we need fat. Fat is good for us, and fat DOES NOT make us fat.
Coke is an example of something that is an empty calorie – it provides us with short term energy, but makes us feel depleted shortly afterwards because it brings nothing else to the table. Avocado on the other hand contains calories that are loaded with goodness – so many vitamins, minerals and good healthy fats to keep up sustained and add to our health and wellbeing.
It’s also worth noting that one gram of carbohydrate is four calories, while 1 gram of fat is nine calories.
A SENSIBLE SOLUTION
So what is the most effective way to ditch the diet, end our tortured relationship with food, AND find our ideal weight? Eat wholefoods! This is a drum that I will bang until I bang a whole in it. And then I will get a new drum and keep banging. Eating wholefoods is the best, easiest, and tastiest way to lose excess weight, feel amazing, be able to eat as much as you want, and find freedom when it comes to eating.
Do you count calories? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.
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