Still Counting Calories??

Many people believe counting calories is the most effective method for losing weight over a long period of time.

And to be honest - it does work.

Fitness Bootcamp Personal Trainer bootcamp But it's frustrating, time-consuming, and quite frankly…annoying. And as one of the top Fitness Trainers in Cincinnati I get extremely fustrated about all the mis-information out there about counting calories!

Personally I don't do it, nor do I believe in it.

After all, aren't you already overwhelmed enough by all the misguided information circling the weight loss community today?

-    One person says eating too much fat is bad for you... while another says to eat a lot of fat.

-    One person says to eat 2-3 per day... another says to eat a minimum of 5-6 meals per day.

-    One person says to mix up your calories, macronutrients and exercise every few days so your body 
never gets used to the same thing.

It's so frustrating! Especially when you don't know who to trust.

Well let me expose some of the lies we here everyday:

Lie #1

Calories are everything

Yes we know calories exist—they’re essentially a measure of how much "energy" a food contains—and if you eat too many you will gain weight. But they’re not the whole picture—not even close. Case in point: I can sell pink slime laced with high fructose corn syrup, shrink the serving size down to 100 calories, and tell you it’s healthy because it doesn’t have many calories – but it will end up making you fat and sick too!

Lie #2

All calories are equal

Your body doesn’t treat all calories the same way. I have been preaching this in my fitness classes for many, many years. High-quality calories come from foods that are rich in nutrients, like broccoli, leafy greens, avocados, nuts, chicken, eggs, and grass-fed beef. They fill you up quickly and keep you full for a long time. They also trigger the release of hormones that tell the body to burn fat—your body has to work harder to break down fiber, versus processed foods. On the other hand, a diet filled with processed foods, added sugar, and refined grains aren’t inherently satisfying, so you’re more likely to overeat. They also prompt your body to store fat – period!!

Lie #3

3,500 calories = 1 pound

Unfortunately, your body doesn’t run on math, it runs on biology.. The reason you can’t cut out a daily 100-calorie latte and lose 10 pounds (or won’t necessarily gain 10 pounds if you start drinking one every day) is because calories are only a small portion of the equation. Your body works hard to keep you in a set weight range by regulating your appetite and metabolism through your hormones, genes, and brain. If you eat too much one day, your body would burn more calories and lower your appetite to compensate. The lesson? If you overeat one day, the key is not to freak out and continue to overeat. That will make you gain weight.

Lie #4

Cut calories to lose weight

Dieting only tackles the symptom (e.g., you need to lose weight) rather than the underlying cause (e.g., what’s keeping you from being slim). Think of it like a clogged sink - what if your plumber came in and said the cure for the clog was to stop using your sink?  It fixed the symptom (the sink’s not going to overflow) but not the cause (what’s causing the clog?). The cause of that clog is—you guessed it—eating poor quality foods that throw your fat-burning, appetite-taming hormones out of whack.

Lie #5

Eating 1200 calories or less will make you slim.

Actually, counting calories leads to failure 95.4% of the time—and often leaves people fatter.  I see many menopausal women consume 1,000 calories a day and yet, they still can’t lose weight. If you starve yourself, your body slows down your metabolism and burns muscle rather than fat. Start eating normally again after a restrictive diet, and you’ll gain more weight because you have a slower metabolism that can’t do its job.

Ok you need a little break here…how about I give you something that will help you along the way so you won’t be to overwhelm? Does that sound like a good idea? I have a great ebook you will love  -  “7 Days Of Fun Clean Recipes”  that I’m sure you will enjoy so stop right now…Click Right Here… and download your copy right now! But don’t forget to come back and read the rest of the story and what I think about these 5 Lies!

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Ok - now here's what I think. 

It's what has worked for me as a Personal Trainer in Cincinnati and has helped countless clients I've trained to get in the best shape of their lives with little confusion or becoming overwhelm. Plus, it's easy to stick with.

1.    Rule #1: Eat REAL food – that means absolutely no processed foods!

2.    Rule #2: Stop counting calories. Rule #1 will keep you under your daily limit anyway.

3.    Rule #3: Stop feeling guilty if you accidentally fall off your diet. It happens to everyone! 1 bad day won't kill you. In fact, if you strategically plan them, you can reset your leptin levels and add a little boost to your metabolism. Just don't go overboard, I call them cheat days - and use them wisely!




Dr. Mercola

Authority Nutrition