Counting Calories – A Losing Proposition

 
posted on: June 15, 2016    |    by: Nina Tarnay

 

You may remember hearing that the best way to lose those extra pounds was to reduce the number of calories you consumed every day.  As you probably found out, however, counting calories is next to impossible to do accurately. But that’s not the main reason why such an approach is so fundamentally flawed.

The more significant problem is that not all calories are created equal.  In the body, the foods you eat are metabolized differently, absorbed differently, and converted to energy differently.  Biological systems like your body are complicated and attempting significantly impact them with a simple black-and-white calorie count is doomed to fail.

The good news is that some of the foods we’ve been told are bad for us are in fact not.  Some calorie dense foods like nuts, avocados, and dark meats are actually quite good for you as is chocolate (in moderation, of course).  In general, diets rich in whole and unprocessed foods are good whereas diets crammed with refined carbohydrates such as the bleached flour and sugar in most snack foods are bad.

Staying on top of nutritional science developments will help you manage your weight but don’t forget to exercise, get 7-8 hours of sleep too, and get your annual physicals!

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