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Calorie myths: Why counting calories won’t improve your weight or health

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Counting calories is one of the first places most people look when trying to lose weight. If you are one of those people, you really ought to read 7 common calorie myths that people generally don’t realize.

In recent times the word calories, has become synonymous with weight loss. We are constantly told that weight management is a simple case of energy balance and calorie counting.

“If it were truly that simple, anyone with a calculator could become a weight loss coach, and there would be hardly any overweight people.”

It would appear that a lot of people are still indoctrinated with calorie myths and pay more attention to calorie counting than their intake of essential macro and micronutrients.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) forecast in just 13 years time, by 2030 74% of men and 64% of women in the UK will be overweight. Obesity is associated with an abundance of negative health conditions and diseases. Therefore it is of significant importance that society acquires the correct knowledge and information to empower each and every one of us to become self sufficient in managing our own weight and health.

The age old tradition of calorie counting is clearly not helping people to actually lose weight or better their health. Furthermore, the very science that calories are based on is not even relevant to human biology.

The actual number of calories consumed, can be significantly different from the actual calories absorbed. Digestion is a complex process and foodstuffs vary in digestibility. Therefore calorie extraction also varies depending on the food sources that they came from.

For those who rely on pre-packaged meals and processed foods, bear in mind that these are generally lacking in quality nutrients and over packed with preservatives, flavour enhancers, sugar, emulsifiers, GMO’s and other synthetic additives. While a pre-packaged food label may add up calorie wise, it’s a sure bet it’s lacking in nutrition.

Take home thoughts

Shifting toward a plant based diet with priority emphasis on consuming a variety of organic nutrient dense foods is what’s going set you on the right path to managing your health and weight.


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    February 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Great post. I was on the calorie counting game for a long time. Recently I ditched the calorie counter for a whole-foods based approach through the Whole Life Challenge. I don’t miss thinking about calories a bit!

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    February 7, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hey Lisa. I am glad you found the post useful. It is also great to hear you are on the right path with your nutrition too! 🙂 Keep spreading the knowledge and information.

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