Most people see losing weight as a punishment and being healthy a hard to reach goal. This attitude alone can put an end to any chance of succeeding at either which is why it’s so important to change your mind set if this sounds like you. Once we do make up our minds to lose weight, most turn to calorie counting which, while this is a significant part of the equation, can actually make you gain weight and feel miserable.
Following are 7 reasons why calorie counting will make you gain weight.
Reason 1: You’ll be skinny but not healthy!
Losing a lot of weight isn’t enough especially if it’s accomplished by starving yourself, believing that you need to keep calories in the low numbers if you want to lose weight fast. Dieting this way is not only bad for your health, it’s impossible to sustain and even worse can lead to binge eating. In addition, most dieter’s get so caught up in sticking to the numbers that they don’t make time for exercise which is a crucial part of any diet plan. You need to eat plenty of the right kinds of food, loading up on important nutrients that necessary for healthy weight loss, and exercise to build beautifully toned muscles, reduce stress and yes, burn fat and lose weight.
Reason 2: Calories can lead to overeating
Counting calories can actually lead to overeating and weight gain because oddly enough many dieter’s end up eating more because they tell themselves “it’s low calorie – how can it hurt!” The fact is that just because it says low calorie doesn’t mean it’s a healthy choice. Any calories from over processed carbohydrates like sugar and white flour (even if it is low calorie) are calories that the body reacts to differently, spiking insulin and blood sugar and storing unhealthy fat instead of burning it.
Reason 3: It will stunt your metabolism
By eating nothing but low calorie foods throughout your day you’ll slow down your metabolism which leads to your body not making the best use of the food you consume. Basically this means that instead of turning food into energy, you’ll be left feeling sluggish and burned out.
Reason 4: Counting Calories is a dangerous game
People will forget to mark down the high calorie treats they give in to. Whether it is on purpose or just forgotten due to human error, these unhealthy calories are still taken in. Instead of letting a number rule your diet you should just make real sustainable changes and smart food choices.
Reason 5: It’s all About the Eating the Right Foods
Eating the right foods and staying away from the wrong ones not only boosts your metabolism, it regulates hormones and turns your body into a highly efficient fat burning machine that remains lean regardless of how much you eat.
Reason 6: It’s a punishing way to lose weight
Guilt is not something that anyone should ever have to live with. Guilt is not healthy and should never be something you put on yourself when it is not necessary and it really never is. Don’t feel ashamed when you go over a calorie limit and instead make sustainable and realistically healthy decisions that you can live with the rest of your life. If you do happen give in to a craving don’t beat yourself up; just get back on track again and move on. There’s always the next meal.
Reason 7: You really don’t know!
Serving sizes, inaccurate calorie measurements and a deliberate media campaign of misinformation all lead to confusion about which foods are nutritious and which are packed with sugars and unhealthy calories. Be sure to carefully read the food labels and make time to do a little research or contact us for help.
When it comes to calories quality is much more important than quantity because quality calories will burn the body’s energy which is the key to sustainable weight loss; it’s really as simple as that. Stop counting calories.