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Calorie Counting; Why It Doesn’t Work

I used to be a calorie counter but I gave that up long ago. Like many people, I thought that was the best way to lose weight but now I know just how wrong I was.

The truth is, I did lose weight but I also put it back on, and some. THE HORROR after all that deprivation, it’s enough to make you give up right?

Especially after all the sacrifice, horrid soups, time consuming meal prep and expensive shakes – which I might add made me go all ‘Judge Judy face’ because I was nutrient deprived, hungry and as grumpy as hell.

NEWSFLASH: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY – there is a simple and lasting solution for weight loss that involves eating great food, occasional treats and keeping the weight off. I only wish that I’d known back then what I know now.

Did you know calories on food labels is just an estimation? To figure out the actual amount, scientists have to go through a lengthy process to burn food and measure the heat combustion. With more than 40,000 products on grocery shelves, this is virtually impossible so they use an approximation. There can be an error margin of up to 25% and additional research shows that frozen foods can contain 8% more calories and restaurants 18% more. (1)

Did you also know that calorie content can be affected by other factors such as:

Product variety Soil and growing conditions Some data on food can be out of date and inaccurate Ripeness at harvest time Animals diets Length of storage Preparation method and cooking time Beyond this variability every person is unique as we all digest and absorb differently. Throw in exercise or activities, which is even harder to estimate calories burned and you could be doing more damage by decreasing your Metabolism or become nutrient deficient.

Counting calories to manage your diet and exercise is inaccurate, difficult and time consuming.

So how on earth can we calculate correctly? You can’t, just like food labels, it’s only an estimation. So, if I can’t count calories how am I supposed to know how much to eat to lose weight?

Get educated… knowledge is power. The old school weight loss method was to restrict your calorie intake which may get you temporary results but isn’t very enjoyable & can be bad for you in the long run. Modern science has shown us that you actually need to eat for metabolic health to lose weight.

I spent my younger years trying and failing at literally every diet I tried until I developed a simple set of rules to follow. These became a habit and I haven’t had to think about it since. How you look and feel is a direct reflection on your current health and lifestyle. If you want to look and feel better, choose a better lifestyle, it really is that simple.

Now that I have this set of skills nailed I teach them to my clients – how to eat more, give up dieting and be empowered as a conscious consumer. I love seeing that look in a clients eyes when that light bulb switches on and the dots get connected. I see them get excited at the possibilities of living a completely different lifestyle without the stress of dieting.

I ask each Personal Training client of mine who has lost weight ‘How hard was it to lose the weight loss?’ and I always hear something along the lines of ‘It was easy, if only I’d known this years ago’. Not everyone is ready for change, but when they are I’m ready to empower them and make it easy for them to feel great!

We teach these exact skills & habits in our 6 week Semi-Private Personal Training Sessions. These sessions are limited to 5 people only and are rarely advertised to the general public as they book out quickly with our current clients. If this interests you, check out our semi-private page here and then let us know if you would like to put your name for an expression of interest for the next round. Click here for Semi Private Page.

Let us do for you what we do best – ‘We Make It Easy To Feel Great’.

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(1) Berardi, John PhD; Andrews, Ryan, MS, MA, RD. “Chapter 4 Energy Balance in the Body.” The Essentials of Sport & Exercise Nutrition. By John Berardi. 2nd ed. N.p.: Precision Nutrition, 2015. N. pag. Print