Why You Should Count Calories and Why You Shouldn’t Count Calories
What is a calorie? Don’t sweat it if you can’t answer or you get it wrong. There are dieticians and food experts out there who wouldn’t be able to answer off the top of their heads.
A calorie is not a ‘thing’. You can’t hold in one in your hand. A calorie is a unit of measure, just like an inch or a degree of temperature. Calories are used to measure the energy in food. One calorie is equivalent to the energy it takes to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius.
Anyone wants to manage their weight and live a healthier lifestyle is well advised not to consume more calories of energy than the calories of energy they burn each day. The leftover energy is stored by your body as fat and it can be a detriment to your health and enjoyment of life.
While it’s easy to understand why we should count calories: to make sure we stay on the good side of the ‘burn more than we consume’ equation, why does the title of this post also say we shouldn’t count calories?
The quick answer is that we have burdened the word ‘calorie’ with incorrect and damaging definitions and interpretations. If someone offers you dessert, you wonder how manty calories it has. But you’re not thinking at all about food energy, you’re equating calories with fat. You’re wondering how ‘fattening’ the dessert is. Confusing ‘calories of energy’ for ‘calories of fat’ makes us want to ‘cut’, ‘reduce’ and ‘burn’ calories, all of which could be damaging to your health if not done properly.
‘Calorie-reduced’ diets that merely focus on the calories, and not delivering the balanced and healthy source of energy and nutrition your body needs to function properly, can have a number of symptoms that make it difficult or impossible to actually lose weight. From low energy, which reduces how much energy your body burns, to a weakened immune system, you can experience any number of unwanted side effects from a poor, calorie-cutting diet.
But why worry about it?
Instead, get your Fit Food Nutritional Concierge to put together a meal plan specifically for your energy and nutritional needs, and then let us prepare the meals from the freshest, healthiest ingredients and deliver them right to your door.