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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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Coconut oil - healthy or hype?

08 October 2018 at 15:32

Coconut oil – healthy or hype? Coconut oil has become hugely popular in the last few years, with a whole host of claimed health benefits and some people adding large quantities into their ... [ read more ]

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Could you be allergic to wine?

06 September 2018 at 10:25

Could you be allergic to wine? Moderate amounts of red wine have long been thought to be beneficial to health, due to the antioxidant properties plus the ability to relax the blood vessels and ... [ read more ]

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Eat Less to Live Longer - The Secret of Longevity

06 September 2018 at 09:57

Eat Less to Live Longer - The Secret of Longevity Research is growing on the benefits of fasting and you may have heard the terms ‘Intermittent Fasting’ or ‘Time Restricted ... [ 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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Sugar, Sweetie

18 April 2018 at 13:24

Sugar, Sweetie The Sugar Tax – is it a sweet thing? The new sugar tax finally arrived in April 2018 – but is it going to benefit health in the way that the Government hope? ... [ 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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Choosing The Best Nutrition Course

23 February 2018 at 11:01

12 Tips On Choosing The Best Nutrition Course This 12 point guide is designed to help you navigate the options, to ensure you choose the best nutrition course for you! With so many different ... [ read more ]

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Understanding Vitamin B12 deficiency

23 February 2018 at 10:23

Understanding Vitamin B12 deficiency Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) helps the body produce healthy red blood cells and is necessary for the correct functioning of the brain and nervous system. ... [ 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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Christmas calorie countdown

15 December 2017 at 12:36

Christmas calorie countdown   Research by food historian Dr Annie Gray revealed that the average person in wartime Britain consumed 3,500 calories (kcal) on Christmas day - half of ... [ 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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Eat away Eczema

02 November 2017 at 10:11

Eat away Eczema Dietary approaches to Eczema Say goodbye to Itchy and scratchy… Eczema refers to a group of inflammatory skin conditions causing red, dry, flaky, itchy or blistery skin. ... [ read more ]

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Eat right to sleep tight

09 October 2017 at 16:02

Eat right to sleep tight Many people have experienced difficulty sleeping after eating a heavy meal or drinking coffee late in the evening, but there are a number of other ways that diet can ... [ read more ]

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Why whole food may be greater than the sum of its parts

21 September 2017 at 16:09

Why whole food may be greater than the sum of its parts Naturopaths have long believed in the health benefits of eating whole, unprocessed foods and a panel of experts has now recognised the ... [ 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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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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Eating the Mediterranean way

02 August 2017 at 16:22

Eating the Mediterranean way The Mediterranean diet comes up time and time again in reports as one of the healthiest diets one can follow, with studies finding it beneficial to a whole host of ... [ read more ]

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Eating the Mediterranean way

02 August 2017 at 16:22

Eating the Mediterranean way The Mediterranean diet comes up time and time again in reports as one of the healthiest diets one can follow, with studies finding it beneficial to a whole host of ... [ read more ]

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