Saturday, September 4, 2010

Why Counting Calories to Lose Weight is a Waste of Time

You want to lose some weight, so you figure you'll cut some calories out of your diet. It's a reasonable assumption that if you take in less calories than you burn, you will lose weight. In fact, this assumption is absolutely true. The problem is that the amount of calories you take in can impact the amount of calories that you burn.

If you start restricting the amount of calories you intake each day, your body will realize that it is not getting enough calories for its energy requirements. It will respond by conserving energy and storing fat.

Most people I know that want to lose weight do not want to conserve energy or store fat. Therefore, calorie restriction is a very bad idea for weight loss purposes, or any purpose for that matter.

It may not seem logical that you have to eat more to lose weight, so don't think of it that way. Just eat in a normal, healthy manner the way your body wants you to eat.

In other words, give your body the energy it needs. It will respond favorably.

That's pretty much all there is to it. Well, ok there's also the matter of what to eat, when to eat, what to avoid, how to exercise, how much to excercise...

But this is a good start!

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