Calories play a big role in weight loss. Calories are the energy in food. They are converted to energy or stored as fat in our body. Despite all diets that exists, calorie counting really works, but counting them is not at all necessary to lose weight. On the other side, “eating healthy” without counting calories isn’t enough to lose weight. However, there are some reasons why no one should care just about weight loss and ignore whether the food is healthy or not:
- It’s complicated to count everything that you eat. While it may help at the beginning, it’s not recommended in the long-term. People feel better if they deal with numbers because they think they can control it. Over time, they can be too obsessed with it.
- Calorie it’s not just a calorie. Every calorie contains different nutrients and it doesn’t have the same input on our body. 200 kcal of fast food is not the same as 200 kcal of fruits or vegetables. It’s not reasonable to eat only chocolate the whole day, right?
- Math isn’t that precise in calculating calories. Our body doesn’t digest every single calorie. Almonds, for example, have more calories that our body can digest. Other food, like ginger and chili increases our metabolism to burn more calories. Daily workouts may help at burning calories even when sitting. The labels aren’t correct. It’s not the same if the food is cooked in more or less oil, if it’s raw or frozen…
- Our body needs 3 types of calories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It’s important to consume the right amount of each because all of them have different functions in our body. They all help each other in the process of digestion. If we consume too much of one of them, then the body can gain weight, have problems with skin, hormones or immune system. For example, consuming too much carbs and less proteins results in not finishing the function that proteins have in our body. This leads to weight gain or loss of muscles mass.
It’s more important to be healthy then to be “skinny”. Instead of counting calories, choose nutrient-rich food that maintains the blood sugar in our body and helps keeping the hunger at bay. Listen to your body, eat on a regular schedule and stop eating when you feel full.