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7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting

02 November 2018 at 12:39

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting

Should we stop calorie counting? Yes, yes and yes!! Counting calories is time consuming, can be wildly inaccurate, and is increasingly controversial in the world of weight loss. While some insist on the simple formula ‘eat less calories than you burn and you will lose weight’, for many this just doesn’t seem to work.

Here’s why:

  • The body is great at adapting – if you give your body less calories it will simply slow down and use less energy for its internal processes. People following a low calorie diet may well notice weight loss at first - and thus believe that their method works - but once the body gets used to the calorie reduction the weight loss tends to plateau.
  • The quality of calories is important – if food is nutrient-dense it boosts metabolism and provides the body with a rich supply of nutrients to maintain and repair tissue, all of which takes energy. By focusing on great quality food you can actually eat more calories and still lose excess weight, and you will have healthier tissues and organs as a bonus.
  • Significant amounts of excess weight can be due to retaining water – and water has no calories. Calorie reduction is not the solution in this situation.
  • Zero calorie drinks make the problem worse - artificial sweeteners stimulate insulin release, which tells the body to store fat, and they are also known to increase levels of hunger. Beware of any food or drink marked ‘no added sugar’.
  • The timing of calorie intake is significant – research into intermittent fasting has shown that eating the same number of calories within a defined time period each day (e.g. 10 hours) results in greater weight loss than eating those same calories spread over a longer time period.
  • Calorie counting can result in poor food choices – having a small piece of cake might mean a calorie counter denies themselves a proper meal to ‘make up’ for it. They may also avoid healthy snacks like nuts and avocados because they are high in calories, and instead choose nutrient deficient, heavily processed or ‘lite’ foods which the body has little use for.
  • Calorie counting can become obsessive – rather than understanding broad guidelines of eating healthily some dieters become obsessed with calculating the precise calorie content of foods, causing anxiety and feelings of guilt or failure when they don’t meet their target which can result in a vicious circle of comfort eating.


So although science tells us that eating less calories should lead to weight loss, in reality this only works to a certain extent. If you understand the general principles of a healthy diet, then focusing on the precise calorie content of foods becomes unnecessary. 

Every person is unique and when it comes to weight loss, there really isn’t a ‘one fits all’ approach. If you need personalised advice, contact a Nutritional therapist for help.

 

If you want to know more about Nutrition why not try one of The School of Health's Nutrition Courses.

 


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Halloween Pumpkins

02 November 2018 at 12:33

Halloween Pumpkins Five amazing benefits If you’re carving out pumpkin lanterns this Halloween you will have plenty of pumpkin to feast on. Whether you make it into soups, bake it into ... [ read more ]

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5 Foods to Boost Joint Health

02 November 2018 at 12:26

5 Foods to Protect Joints & Boost Joint Health Feeling stiff, slow or sore? Try these five foods to help get things moving again! Oily Fish Containing omega 3 (EPA and DHA) in a ... [ read more ]

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Gluten intolerance - The problem with modern wheat

26 July 2018 at 12:23

The rise of gluten intolerance The problem with modern wheat... Gluten-free diets were rare in the 80s and 90s but nowadays most of us know at least one person who avoids wheat or gluten.  ... [ read more ]

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Is your diet making you attractive to mosquitoes?

17 July 2018 at 17:35

Is your diet making you attractive to mosquitoes? Why is it that some people seem to avoid being bitten by the mozzies, while others are covered in bites as soon as they step off the plane? ... [ read more ]

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Reduce hayfever misery through diet

10 May 2018 at 09:41

Reduce hayfever misery through diet Hayfever is a widespread issue, being estimated to affect around 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. Symptoms often arrive without warning and can cause ... [ read more ]

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Spring Clean your Diet

04 April 2018 at 11:18

Spring Clean your Diet With winter behind us and Easter treats safely out of the way, now is a great time for a quick spring clean of your diet. If a full detox sounds too challenging, there are ... [ read more ]

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The great soy debate

28 March 2018 at 15:18

The great soy debate Soy is possibly one of the most widely misunderstood foods around. In the late 80s and early 90s, soy products grew in popularity as a low-fat, high protein alternative to ... [ read more ]

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Focus on: Chickpeas

28 March 2018 at 15:12

Focus on: Chickpeas Also known as garbanzo beans or Bengal gram, chickpeas were originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and Middle East and are popular in dishes across the world. ... [ read more ]

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Probiotics unravelled

28 March 2018 at 14:35

Probiotics unravelled Probiotics are becoming a regular part of life for many people, but with so many different options available it can be tricky to know where to start. Here we unravel some of ... [ read more ]

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New Year diet resolution success!

31 December 2017 at 12:18

New Year diet resolution success! New Year is a time when many of us decide to make improvements to our health and diets. But with most resolutions being broken before the end of January, the ... [ read more ]

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Nail Nutrition

21 November 2017 at 15:22

Nail Nutrition What are your nails trying to tell you? Good nutrition benefits every part of the body and deficiencies can lead to changes in the skin, hair and nails. The nails are particularly ... [ read more ]

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To salt or not to salt?

31 August 2017 at 16:26

To salt or not to salt? Can salt be beneficial to blood pressure? Earlier this year a large, long term study found that a low sodium diet wasn’t beneficial to blood pressure. This goes ... [ read more ]

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What is Homeopathy?

23 August 2017 at 09:12

What is homeopathy Did you know homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years? It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second ... [ read more ]

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Hormonal Health : 1 Day Event

18 August 2017 at 16:44

Hormonal Health : 1 Day Event This packed and informative day will demystify the various hormonal health issues that many people suffer from, including thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, PCOS, ... [ read more ]

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Flexitarianism: is it for you?

24 July 2017 at 15:50

Flexitarianism: is it for you? Flexitarianism (or ‘flexible vegetarianism’) is becoming increasingly popular as a move towards better health without the commitment of going fully ... [ read more ]

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The Prince will see you now: Charles opens holistic clinic at the stately home he saved for the nation

19 July 2017 at 16:24

The Prince will see you now: Charles opens 'holistic' clinic at the stately home he saved for the nation Prince Charles is creating a state-of-the-art clinic that will offer free ... [ read more ]

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The Natural Health Taster Seminar

20 April 2017 at 09:25

The Natural Health Taster Seminar Come and join us for the most amazing 5 days of learning. During this event you will learn about natural healthcare from a truly holistic perspective looking ... [ read more ]

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Stretching Further Increasing Confidence Gaining Professionalism

27 January 2017 at 12:29

Stretching Further Increasing Confidence Gaining Professionalism As complementary and alternative medicines and yoga continue to enjoy a boom in popularity so does the need to raise standards and ... [ read more ]

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Reversing the clock on biological ageing

05 January 2017 at 10:52

A Cytoplan Practitioner Education Day Saturday 25th February 2017 | 10am – 5pm Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB Is reversing the clock of biological ageing possible? ... [ read more ]

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More NHS homeopathy, not less

21 November 2016 at 14:56

More NHS homeopathy, not less The debate about whether homeopathy should be available on the NHS invariably sees the opposing sides citing numerous research papers in support of their argument. ... [ read more ]

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Ibuprofen link to heart failure

05 October 2016 at 16:06

Over-the-counter painkillers raise risk by almost 20% MILLIONS of Britons taking powerful painkillers could be at risk of heart failure, a major study claims. Research suggests that common ... [ read more ]

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Arlene Phillips Attends NTAs in a living dress

21 January 2016 at 16:26

Strictly Come Dancing star Arlene Phillips walked the red carpet last night at the National Television Awards wearing a “living” dress decorated with real flowers that are all used for ... [ read more ]

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Veterinary homeopathy works

17 November 2015 at 15:21

Vet Chris Day talks about how homeopathy has worked for him and his patients for over twenty years. The Faculty of Homeopathy founded in 1844 and incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1950 provides ... [ read more ]

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Eczema: Homeopathic Help for Sore and Itchy Skin

30 July 2015 at 10:28

Eczema is a widespread and unpleasant condition caused by the skin’s overreaction to common substances such as soap, food and dust. The skin reddens, itches, and becomes dry, scaly or bubbly. ... [ read more ]

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Latest findings in homeopathy research to be presented in Rome

28 May 2015 at 09:46

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New Course - Homeopathy First Aid for Pets

05 December 2014 at 13:13

Learn the basics of homeopathic first aid prescribing for pets, animals and farm from the comfort of your own home. Take care of  your pets and animals health when they most need it. Course ... [ read more ]

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Dr Elizabeth Thompson Research and homeopathy research challenges

27 November 2014 at 13:03

NHS Consultant discusses her varied research experience, including testing homeopathy for treatment of hot flushes caused by tamoxifen in breast cancer patients, and her latest work investigating ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathy for Sports Injuries

11 October 2014 at 11:06

Did you know that there is a fast, effective and safe way to relieve the pain of sports and exercise-related injuries?   Fans include Tour de France cyclists, David Beckham, Martina ... [ read more ]

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Treating plants with homeopathy

27 August 2014 at 10:12

Treating plants with homeopathy Julian Jonas was confronted by a problem – his tomatoes had blight. Three days after spraying with a homeopathic remedy, the problem was gone. He says, ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathic healing: The stars who swear by alternative medicine

28 July 2014 at 15:58

Many celebrities and top athletes have a homeopath on speed dial and here some of them share their stories While many don’t believe it even works, more than 10 million ­people in the UK ... [ read more ]

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Call to update Homeopathy at Wikipedia

09 July 2014 at 13:11

As you may be aware that the Wikipedia information page on Homeopathy does not represent the true definition of the homeopathic system of medicine (Click here for Wiki page)  Rather than ... [ read more ]

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Farm Homeopathy, What the Farmers Say

02 July 2014 at 10:00

Farm Homeopathy – What the Farmers Say Here’s a fascinating newsletter from Farm Homeopathy. It’s opening paragraph says: “Because there is nothing in it and there is ... [ read more ]

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The Surprising Story of Charles Darwin and His Homeopathic Doctor

02 June 2014 at 17:15

Darwin's story is but one story in the chapter on “Physicians and Scientists: Coming out of the Medicine Closet.” During Darwin's trip to South America in the mid-1830s, he became very ... [ read more ]

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Status of medical complementary medicine no longer in doubt

27 May 2014 at 17:07

Media release from the Dachverband Komplementärmedizin (Dakomed) and the Union of Associations of Swiss Physicians for Complementary Medicine (UNION) dated 2 May 2014 Status of medical ... [ read more ]

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Does the weight of evidence signal the end of Homeopathy ?

22 April 2014 at 10:28

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently completed a review of the evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness and, after analysing systematic reviews of clinical trials, ... [ read more ]

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The Truth about the Advertising Standards Authority

26 March 2014 at 13:00

Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill, PHD has called for a Government investigation into the behaviour of the ASA and their stance on the marketing of alternative ... [ read more ]

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Find a Homeopath Website voted Website of the Week!

23 September 2013 at 09:50

In a recent publication, the Daily Mail voted findahomeopath.org.uk as their website of the week! The article focused on Jo Wood's passion for homeopathy after she was misdiagnosed by a ... [ read more ]

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Alternative Therapies Increasingly Popular with Women

07 May 2013 at 09:50

According to a recent article published by PRWeb, more and more women are turning to complementary therapies for their overall health and well-being. A recent study showed that women aged between ... [ read more ]

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Cancer - The Forbidden Cure

02 April 2013 at 11:45

This film explores the treatment of cancer in several different ways and looks at the history of searching for a cure. To watch the full documentary please select the link below: ... [ read more ]

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Professor Bruce Lipton Talks Homeopathy

25 March 2013 at 10:00

Karma Singh interviews Bruce Lipton PhD about energy medicine and homeopathy specifically. Cell biologist and medical school professor Bruce Lipton gives 3 short interviews on his thoughts on ... [ read more ]

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