Many people count calories to lose weight. While it can be effective for some people, it can be ineffective and cumbersome for others.
Here are some problems with calorie counting:
1) It can be a very challenging task to count every calorie, every day, especially during busy times.
2) It’s not an exact science when it comes to the calories listed on food labels and websites.
3) It does not put the focus on intuitive eating and listening to what your body needs each day if you’re restricted to a certain daily calorie limit.
4) It does not focus on health, in the sense that you could eat unhealthy foods as long as you don’t go over your calorie limit.
5) It treats all calories as equal when different foods can have a different effect in terms of hormones and digestion. Some foods can stimulate more hunger and trigger fat storage after eating them and other foods can burn more calories digesting them. (1200 calories of bagels will create a different effect compared to 1200 calories of chicken and broccoli).
If calorie counting hasn’t worked for you, try our Healthy Habits 21 program: