Counting Calories Won't Help You Lose Weight

by Thilaka Ravi on  July 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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Counting how many calories you consume in a day might not help you get rid of those love handles, when you are intent on losing weight.

According to the Daily Mail, just logging in the numbers doesn't take into account that some high-calorie foods are worth eating.
 Counting Calories Won't Help You Lose Weight
Counting Calories Won't Help You Lose Weight

For instance, both eggs and nuts may be high in calories, but they are filling and nutritious. Eliminating them from your diet could be detrimental.

A US survey has revealed that more than 60pct of people have no idea how many calories they should consume per day, and just 12pct have somewhat of an accurate idea.

Calorie requirements vary depending on a person's weight and age, and can range from 1,200 for a small, sedentary woman to more than 4,000 for an athlete who's training-and that's just to maintain weight, not to lose it.

"For dieters, it's crucial to look at overall lifestyle changes, eating fruit and vegetables and having a balanced diet," the New York Daily News quoted Jayne Brocklehurst, a dietitian for the weight loss surgery clinic Gravitas, as saying.

"Otherwise, people tend to get bogged down in calorie-counting. That way, you might lose weight, but your diet can still be unhealthily high in fat," added Brocklehurst.

One way to get control of calories-keep a food diary, recommends the British Dietetic Association's Sian Porter.

Most people eat a lot more calories than they think.

"'Portion size is crucial, and average serving sizes have crept up over time-in restaurants and at home. People think they can afford to have a slice of pie, say, but the slice is bigger than it used to be," said Porter.

Source: ANI

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Good article! I've never had any luck losing weight following those stupid low fat or low calorie diets. Most of the people I know who are constantly "counting calories" are the size of hippos.'s not working people! Personally, I love the low carb diet. It proves that eating fatty food isn't what makes you fat, it's eating starches and refined sugars that makes you pack on the pounds. Cut out things that people can't seem to keep their hands off of: Soda, Desserts, Potatoes, Rice, Pasta, Beans, Tortillas, White Bread, Fruit Juice and Beer [to name the biggest culprits] and you will lose weight quickly and easily. The best part about low carb diets is they don't make you starve yourself. You can eat whenever you want, as long as you are eating high protein foods with very little carbs and sugar. That includes all types of meat, fish and poultry, REAL salad dressings and sauces, cheese, dairy, veggies, nuts and small portions of fruit. No weighing your food, or counting calories or points, it's a very simple diet - and it works. It also gives you lean muscle instead of flabby fat. This means you might notice the amount you weigh won't change signifigantly, but you will be able to go down several sizes in clothing (because muscle weighs more than fat). I went from a size 18-20 down to a 14 in 6 months with no exercising. I started cheating a bit, eating a few more sweets than I should have daily, and stayed at a 14 for a while. But, then stopped cheating and went down to a comfortable and toned size 12. It's ok to have one "cheat-meal" once a week, whether its a dessert or an entree, but if you want to keep losing, don't cheat more than one day a week.


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