Calories, shmalories.

A calorie is the measure of the amount of energy in food. It’s easy to become obsessed with counting calories when dieting or watching your weight. The problem is that sometimes we get so focused on eating low calorie foods, we forget that we’re actually supposed to be eating to nourish our bodies.

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stop obsessing over calories. tune in to what your body needs.

While it’s good to have a general idea when you’re eating calorie-dense foods, meticulously counting calories is exhausting and makes eating feel like you’re constantly walking on a tight rope. One misstep and on comes the feelings of guilt, and the seemingly unavoidable binge. Life is too short to let food bully you!

By switching to eating whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, with minimal processing, you can change your perspective. Unprocessed foods are naturally lower in calories and more satisfying to our bodies’ needs. They also offer disease-fighting benefits to help us stay healthy.

The simple logic of weight loss/maintenance is calories in vs calories out. If you’re eating more calories than you’re burning, you’ll gain weight. If you’re burning more calories than you’re eating, you’ll lose weight. The general idea is that 3,500 calories = 1 lb. Unfortunately, or FORTUNATELY, it’s not that simple.

When we eat foods that are rich in fiber, whole grains, or protein, our body has to work harder to break them down. It keeps us filling full longer and gives our bodies the nutrients we need. If you spend those same calories on something that is simply sugary (like soda), it spikes our blood sugar and gest converted to fat more quickly. You see, calories are not simply calories- where you are getting those calories from is equally important.

By thinking about eating foods that are real and natural rather than low in calories, a burden is lifted. You can feel proud that you are doing something good for your body rather than constantly restrained and unsatisfied. Let yourself off the hook; stop counting calories and go make choices that will keep your body strong and healthy.

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15 thoughts on “Calories, shmalories.

  1. I ditched the whole calories thing when I started to exercise more often and noticed my body is pretty well able to tell me what it needs. Reducing the calory intake too much also makes the body go into “starvation mode”, thus making weight loss even harder. Not that I want to lose weight (just trying to transform everything into muscles^^).

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  2. I 100% agree calorie counting is not necessary for general weight loss or maintainance. The only time I think calorie counting is needed is when aiming to reach very low body fat levels for a shoot or body sculpting show. Great post! :) x

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  3. yeah, calories are stupid, but so is counting ANYTHING. I started using MFP to track fat/carbs/protein levels and I found that I started looking at how many carbs I was doing and not enough fat. Point is, when you start tracking or counting anything you start obsessing about that one thing at the expense of the bigger picture. Which should always be just sitting down and enjoying the food in front of you!

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  4. I agree completely with your opinions and outlook and I appreciate you sharing it on here. Sometimes counting calories seems like the easiest solution, but because there are so many variables, it can become discouraging when it doesn’t lead to the results we want. Thanks for your thoughts on it!

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  5. Totally agree! Once I learned to listen to my body and feelings of fullness I learned how to have portion control. Plus, when you are eating fresh/whole foods it’s not as tempting to overeat the way it is when you are eating a bag of chips or cookies. Now that doesn’t mean that I never overeat (because I do) but I know when I have and I don’t feel as well and I get myself back on track.

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