Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work For Weight Loss

Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work for Weight Loss

Two of the biggest lies that you will hear from conventional doctors and nutritionists are that all calories are equal and if you want to lose weight then you need to track every bite of food throughout the day. The truth is that calorie counting is one of the worst weight loss tips that you can use! Here is what you need to know about calorie counting:

Not All Calories are Created Equal

Proponents of calorie counting will try to convince you that as long as you are burning more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight. The problem is that the nutritional profile of various types of food are drastically different, and restricting calories starves your body of the nutrition that it needs.

500 calories of vegetables or lean protein will provide your body with high quality nutrients that are important to support optimal health and wellness. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that satisfy your biological needs for nutrition.

On the other hand, 500 calories of soda is lacking in these nutritional elements. When you drink these empty calories, your brain will continue sending the “hunger” signal to encourage you to consume more. Empty calorie foods don’t provide the nutrition that is needed, which means that you can consume a high calorie diet and be starving yourself of the important vitamins and minerals that are important for health and wellness.

Breaking the Cycle

Empty calories cause a vicious cycle, because you consume a lot of calories without feeling truly satisfied. Your body is starving because it isn’t getting the nutrients that are needed, and the excess calories are stored as fat. As long as you are missing these necessary nutrients, you will continue to feel hungry because of the nutritional deficiencies that you are experiencing.

When someone is counting calories, they often restrict their portions. Eventually, these food restrictions cause them to get even hungrier, which makes it harder and harder to stick to the low-calorie diet.

Secret to Success: Quality over Quantity

Instead of counting the quantity of calories that you are consuming, a better option is to monitor the quality of calories in each meal. When you focus on high quality calories, your body will be getting the nutrition that is needed for optimal health. You will be able to overcome the nutrient deficiencies, which makes it easier to manage your portions.

Make sure to focus your food intake on a low carb diet with ingredients that are high in nutrition, such as vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Eating the right calories will make the weight naturally melt away, and you will be surprised to see that you are rarely hungry throughout the day.

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