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The BIG Fat Calorie Counting Lie

I’m sure you’ve heard the calories in vs. calories out argument.

It goes something like this…

If you want to lose weight, all you need to do is create a calorie deficit. To do this, simply eat fewer calories than you burn each day.

I hear this all the time, even by many so-called health experts.

But this statement is not completely true. In fact, it neglects to mention a very important part of the weight loss process.

You see, it is vital that you take the source of the calories into account. No one can claim that the calories from a cheeseburger are equivalent to the calories from a bowl of fruit.

And yet, this common mantra persists.

As a side note, the proponents of the low-fat diet make the same mistake, which is something I will address in another blog post.

For now, realize that a label with “low calorie” printed on it does not make any indication of health or nutritional quality. Many times, food manufacturers like to use these labels, as they know people will confuse them as a sign of health.

Not all calories are created equal

Various studies have shown that not all calories are alike. It is very important to know that the quality of the calories you eat will determine the number of calories that you burn.

This is because the calories that are digested have a major impact on the body’s metabolism. For example, calories from protein will increase your metabolism, leading to more fat burning potential.

Eat calories that increase your metabolism

Keep in mind – you want to eat calories that increase your metabolism, allow your body to burn calories efficiently and keep off the excess pounds. You should also look at foods that prevent a surge of blood sugar when digested (as this will avoid a spike in insulin – which leads to fat storage).

As such, the best foods in this regard (and coincidentally the most healthy) are healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and lean meats.

⚡ Related: Learn How to Easily Calculate How Many Calories You Need

Certain calories slow your metabolism

As noted above, what you eat will affect your metabolism. Foods with a high glycemic index will eventually lead to a slower metabolism, meaning weight gain (the glycemic index measures the rate of digested food and how quickly it converts to glucose, before entering the bloodstream).

So, if you want to lose weight and burn fat from your body, you MUST remove processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugars from your diet.

Doing this will ensure that the majority of your calories are from whole foods, which are nutritious and healthy. This will help to build a lean body and you will notice weight loss each week.

In summary, don’t fall into the calories in v calories out fallacy. In fact, you don’t really need to count calories at all if you simply eat whole, natural foods.

I get the frustration as you begin to try and figure out what you should and shouldn’t be eating to get to your desired goals, so let us take care of that for you. Let one of our expert nutritionists design a Custom Meal Plan based on you and your needs.

Why Today Should Be The Last Day You Ever Count Calories

A calorie in, a calorie out, right?

Well… not exactly. Let me explain why I think…

  • Why conventional wisdom has this backward
  • It matters where your calories come from
  • Where calories really come from
  • Why calorie counting is stressful

Conventional Wisdom vs Reality

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But first, let’s agree on what conventional wisdom says about creating a caloric deficit in efforts to lose weight.

It’s pretty simple, most personal trainers will tell you that in order to lose weight you have to create a caloric deficit based on your body’s BMR. Your BMR simply tells you about how many calories your body will burn at rest (laying down, but not sleeping).

In other words, if you were planning to do no activity whatsoever, this is a number of calories you could eat without gaining any weight. If you decide to workout or go on a walk this exercise needs to then be taken into account (calories in, calories out).

After you subtract the calories out from the calories in you will arrive at a number. If that number exceeds your BMR you can count on weight gain. If the opposite is true, conventional wisdom says you’ll lose weight.

While there is some truth to this philosophy, I’d like to create a scenario to show you that it isn’t entirely accurate.

It Doesn’t Matter Where the Calories Come From

I have a question…

What do you think would happen if one person ate 2,000 calories in Twinkies and the other person ate 2,000 calories in… let’s just say apples.

Let’s assume they both have the same BMR and they both burn the same amount of calories from daily activities.

What do you think would happen over time (30 days)?

Conventional wisdom (calories in, calories out) suggests that the end result will be the same. My response, “don’t be silly”. The effects are going to be far from the same.

It’s not just calories in, calories out that matters. You must take into consideration…

Where Do Calories Come From?

Why do you think so many (Americans especially) struggle with weight loss? I’ve got an idea… The conventional wisdom is for the birds!

I haven’t counted a single calorie in over a year, yet I continue to lose fat and gain lean muscle.

So why am I different?

This is a very easy question, and it’s certainly not because I have great genes. My success is directly correlated to my eating habits. While I eat all day long, I am very conscious of what goes into my body.

I have completely eliminated all processed foods, refined sugars, and grains

The effects of these types of foods are detrimental to your success. I don’t care how big your calorie deficit is. Sure you’ll lose weight the bigger your gap is, but it won’t be healthy or sustainable.

Trust me, I’ve been there and done that…

Focus on eating whole foods; lean meats, healthy fats and low glycemic carbohydrates.

paleolithic-food-pyramidjpg-300x300Some examples include; chicken, beef, lamb, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, squash, artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, to name a few.

Additionally, a great way to prepare these foods is by using healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, and grass-fed butter.

Calorie counting is stressful

I won’t even get into the effects stress has on your bodies ability to shed excess fat. I’ll save that for another blog post.

It’s important to understand when you make changes to anything, especially your diet, gradual change is more effective for long-term success and sustainability.

Calorie counting is nonsense! So, are you ready to make it a thing of the past?

I get the frustration as you begin to try and figure out what you should and shouldn’t be eating to get to your desired goals, so let us take care of that for you. Let one of our expert nutritionists design a Custom Meal Plan based on you and your needs.

⚡ Related: Learn Why Calorie Counting is a Lie

 

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