One of the first things which people ask me when it comes to how to lose weight, is how many calories should they be eating? This isn’t necessarily their fault, though. After all, it’s practically impossible to read anything diet related these days, without calories and calorie counting being cited as the only industry approved way to achieve lasting and effective weight loss. Moreover, this is a real shame. You see, when starting out on the path to a more healthy, balanced lifestyle, counting calories is actually one of the last things which people should be focusing their energy on.
Everyone’s body needs energy to live. Energy to breathe, keep warm, move and build new cells etc. Then of course, there are all the additional activities we each perform each day, activities such as walking, thinking, talking, and even eating.
Even the most basic human activities require metabolic energy. This being the case, because calories are the measurement of energy which most people commonly associate with such activities, many people believe that limiting their daily intake of calories is a surefire way to lose weight. However, this isn’t necessarily true.
The problem with calories is that whilst they are a measurement of what is essentially metabolic energy, everyone’s metabolism is different. For example, just because 2 people eat 2000 calories each day, this doesn’t mean they will both get the same amount of usable energy from those calories. There are simply too many variables involved.
Let’s take breakfast. You see, calories consumed for breakfast at 8am can either last as little as 30 minutes, or as long as 4 hours depending on what you eat and how active you are. Now, just think for a moment about what happens to all that energy if it only lasts for 30 minutes but you don’t actually use it? Well, it certainly doesn’t disappear. Instead it will be stored, most probably as fat.
Alternatively, if you eat something in the morning which releases energy more slowly, whatever that something is will give you a much more balanced supply of fuel throughout the day. This gives your body more time to use that energy. Moreover, keep in mind that it’s not just physical activity which requires metabolic energy. Rather, running in the background systems such as your nervous system and brain need energy in order to work optimally also.
Okay, this is all great. The only problem is that now you are probably thinking that surely it still matters how many calories you eat day to day, and yes, you’re right. However, hopefully you can now see that calorie counting isn’t the beginning and end all of weight loss.
Lasting weight loss is a bit like refurbishing a house. You don’t start painting the walls if you still have to fix the leaking roof. This being the case, it’s important to initially approach weight loss by focussing on the quality of food you eat first and foremost. Counting the calories can come later, much later.
At AA Lifestyle, we help our clients achieve their perfect physique through nutritional plans with gradual series of stages designed to make weight loss both more effective and more easily achievable. Remember, this is your body that we’re talking about and there shouldn’t be anything more important to you. This being the case, never put your body on the line by trying to rush weight loss by different series of quick fixes.
Hopefully, this explains why calorie counting isn’t such a great idea for the majority for people. However, for more information regarding our own, AA Lifestyle nutritional services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.