Hello Friends. Welcome back to Day 19. Today you’ll learn about calorie counting.
Calorie counting is an interesting topic and also an important one.
It’s among common term used when one plan to change their eating routine. People fear calories when they’re trying to lose weight. Such fear leads to suggestions like calorie counting.
You might have heard lots of promises with calorie counting that:
- It will help to lose weight faster.
- Make managing weight loss goals easier and much more.
There are lots of resources and applications available about calorie counting. With a wide choice, it’s easy to get started. If you’re planning to start, then this video will prove to be a turning point.
I have seen many experts recommending calorie counting. Looking at their authority in nutrition, I was also convinced that it might be helpful. But calorie counting is not what we think.
We think that installing an application will do the work, or at least, simplify the task. Instead of simplifying the task, it starts to confuse. It adds a burden to look at calories every time we eat.
Suppose the calculator says you ate more, you will feel stressed the whole day. Or you might go empty stomach as you surpassed your calorie intake.
Each action has isn’t own consequences. The choice will decide the effect, but for sure you will face a setback.
If you ask me about calorie counting — it’s an old, broken and time-consuming strategy.
Calorie counting is a battle between the calculator and your stomach. It’s a common practice and followed worldwide. If it had worked, then there wouldn’t be any obesity problem.
According to Dr. Ludwing — what you eat matters than how many calories you eat or burn. It’s about quality.
You will learn more about healthy food in the upcoming day. In this video, we will discuss the flaws with calorie counting.
Flaws With Calorie In Calculation
1. Food label has 20% margin error
Are you looking label to count your calorie intake?
If yes, then also you’re still eating more calories than mentioned in the label. FDA allows a 20% margin error on the nutritional label.
Your 100 calorie snack may contain 120 calories.
Or 500 calories dinner could be nearly 600 calories.
Let’s look at another twist.
In 1896, Wilbur O. Atwater calculated the calories of food. The same 100 year old database of calorie calculation and method is still used. Looking at fact that every single food type has different calorie values. This is a reason 20% margin error is allowed in labelling.
2. We don’t absorb all the calories we consume
The percent of calories we absorb depends on the food type and their nutrient content.
It’s found that we don’t absorb 20% calories from almond. The reason is not known. The guess is its cellular structure. We human don’t have enzymes required to break fiber. Gut health also plays a role.
Calorie absorption also depends on foods processing. More the food is processed more the calories we absorb.
3. Food preparation changes calorie value of food
How you chop, blend, add oil, or add other ingredients, changes your meal calories. It’s impossible to know the exact value of the meal.
So, what’s the data you gonna enter in your calorie tracker?
4. Every individual’s calorie absorption differs
Our gut bacteria can increase or decrease calorie absorption. There are many more reasons, but it’s sure that you will absorb more or less calories compared to other person.
5. We’re worse at viewing portion size of meal
Studies have shown the people mis-measure potion about two-third of time. So, it’s easy to accidentally consume lot more calories than we track.
Calorie Out [Calorie Burned]
Like calorie intake, there are many factors making calorie out figure wrong.
The factors can be:
- sedentary lifestyle vs active lifestyle
- brown fat
- meal type
There are many factors and will make your calculation a mess.
Give-up your need to be perfect. Instead of wasting your time on such flawed strategies, focus on effective one. Healthy eating and active lifestyle are what will give the most result. Then, why focus on such an inaccurate task?
Quit counting calories and build trust with your body. Dieting and being perfect is an obsession you have to quit if you want to make real change.
Tomorrow you’ll learn the best way to cut calorie intake without any unhealthy practices.