There is such a big debate when it comes to weight loss and calories counting, Many people swear by it and others swear you shouldn't waste your time with it.
I have been on both sides of the equation. I used to be a hard core calorie counter. It was to the point where I could look at something and know how many calories it was!
These days, things have changed. Whenever I hear that a woman is calorie counting, i try to steer them away from it. Here are my reasons why I do not recommend calorie counting. I am sure much of this information will be new to you and I hope it changes your life as it did mine...
Reason Not To Count Calories #1: The calorie equation is out dated.
Calories counting was first introduced after World War I. At this time, many people were poor and struggled to afford food. This meant they were malnourished. The calories equation was introduced to help make sure people were getting the minimum requirements to keep them functioning (1200 cals for women and 1500 for men).
Keep in mind, this was before the industrial revolution. This means that people were eating whole foods that were full of nutrients. There were no calories dense, low nutrient chocolate bars and protein bars around. This ensured that people were still getting everything their bodies needed, despite not consuming a lot of calories.
Reason Not To Count Calories #2: Calories cut us off from the intelligence of our bodies
When eating natural, whole foods the way nature intended we don't need to count calories. Many times when we are consumed with counting calories, we are eating “low calorie” food that has little to no nutritional value and has a big effect on our hormones and metabolism.
This effect on our hormones means that the natural cues of our bodies become skewed which makes the weight loss process a lot more confusing.
Reason Not To Count Calories #3: Counting calories hurts our relationship with self
Quite often when counting calories, we feel like we are restricted and we can't trust ourselves. Calories also have a tendency to make us wrong in what we think and feel about food.
We start to feel guilty about having a slice of cake at a birthday or that we can't celebrate when out with loved ones. For centuries people have connected, celebrated and commemorated over food. This is a natural part of the human spirit.
At the end of the day it is our hormones and metabolism that are in control when it comes to fat loss. Take care of your body and balance your hormones, the rest will be done for you.
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