I am all for using gadgets and the latest apps to help track fitness and weight management goals, but in my book a calorie counter shouldn’t be one of them.
Why you shouldn’t count calories.
Counting calories makes you feel deprived and restricted.
You focus on what you think you can’t do or have, rather on nourishment, adding value and improving food quality and you bet as soon as your brain thinks its being deprived, it’ll want to do exactly the opposite – rebel, “be bad”, and “break the rules”.
Counting calories doesn’t tell you about food quality.
Calorie watching won’t tell you if the food you’re eating is adding value to your body.
You can get 2,000 calories from healthy nutrient rich meals spread over a day.
Or you can get it from a large Frappuccino and a couple of pastries. (Which one would you think is a better choice?)
As the saying goes, a high quality machine needs high quality fuel. If you’re working on building your body or a strong performance, put premium gas in your athlete tank.
Counting calories is inaccurate.
Calorie counts on food package labels are often wrong.
and calories are just a measure of energy. They don’t count, for instance, for the way that our bodies, digest, absorb and use this energy.
500 calories from a block of wood isn’t the same to our bodies as 500 calories from a stick of butter.(Leave the wood to the weight conscious termites.)
Researchers estimate that even meticulous calorie counting can be up to 25% off. That means if you try to eat 2,000 calories, even if you do it “perfectly” you could be eating anything between 1,500-2,500 calories. (And who counts calories “perfectly” anyway?)
Counting calories is a pain in the arse.
Unless you’ve got a food scale and meticulously weigh and track every morsel of food that goes into your body, you have no real idea how many calories you’re actually consuming.
what exactly is a “medium sized” apple anyway? What’s a “large serving” of Quinoa?
Do the bulk rolled oats you can get from whole foods contain the same calories as the rolled oats from my local grocery shop?
Really, you’re just guessing, which kinda defeats the whole purpose of counting calories.
To be honest? Just eat the bloody apple and forget the details.
Don’t be that obsessive calorie counting freak who nobody wants to have over to dinner.
Counting calories doesn’t focus on building habits.
You want to get in shape, feel good, and stay that way for life right?
A strong, lean, healthy drop dead gorgeous body doesn’t come from obsessing over a calculator. (You really can’t get that time back you know.)
That fit healthy body and lifestyle come from showing up and doing what matters, over and over.
You can get the body you want without ever being that meticulous.
I don’t believe in counting calories and neither should you.
Awareness beats calorie counting
You should to be aware of what food you are eating. why you’re eating it. When you’re eating. how you’re eating. how that food fuels your performance.
You should be aware of what you’re thinking, doing and sensing.
Aware of your patterns, habits and triggers. Aware of what’s around you. and aware of what you’re doing well.
If you’re aware, you’re in control
You always carry your awareness around with you.
You probably don’t carry a food scale and calorie list. (And if you could, would you want to?)
Awareness is the only true way to get healthy and fit for life.
If you found this post helpful please leave a comment below or if you have any handy tips to keep you aware of how you fuel your body for fat loss or performance it would be great to hear them