I Hate Counting Calories And You Should Too!

ethan hyde

What is a calorie? Is a calorie just a calorie? How many calories are in this meal?

I bet you have heard these questions before. My answer, who cares. Calorie counting has got to be on of the most mundane boring tasks on earth that often does more harm than good.

I have spent hours plugging away my calories into MyFitnessPal only to realise I will go over my caloric limit if I eat 100g of sweet potato with dinner instead of 75g. What a load a crap! Imagine the anxiety I suffered from thinking I had ate too much and would now have to go hungry at dinner all because of less than 50 calories out of a daily limit of 3000!

Calorie counting sucks. Period. I don’t do it and I don’t get my clients to either. So why should you? Or why would you?

The only people who should ever count their calories are those who are wanting to step on stage at sub 4% bodyfat. Is that you? It’s not me. I just want to look good and be healthy.

Sure it’s good to know the nutritional panel of foods but you shouldn’t live by it. Knowing how much sugar, protein, and fat is in a meal can be extremely helpful but worrying over every gram is not.

In my 21 Days Of Fat Burning Program, I teach a method that is by far the best in the world. It allows you to be anywhere in the world and eating any dish calorie-THE-countand still stay on track. No fitness apps required. No anti-social behaviour as you plug your calories into your smart phone. You simply get to enjoy your food as it was intended.

The reason I use this method is because even the best calorie counters are off by at least 10% and up to 20%. You may think you are eating 150 calories but really this could be 130-180. Add another zero to the end of those numbers and you are in trouble.

This happens due to a number of reasons such as, your absorption of the calories, seasonal activity, freshness, and how it’s cooked.

If we took 100 calories of peanuts and 100 calories of peanut butter, you would consume up to 95% of the calories from the butter versus around 70% of the peanuts. This is simply because the butter has been processed or digested already. There is less work for your body to do as opposed to the nuts where it has to break it all down and try and absorb the nutrients that way.

So next time you reach for a muesli bar or tub of ice cream, remember, you will absorb almost all of the calories.
Calorie counters often don’t take into consideration the process of cooking the food and how it releases more calories that raw foods. An example of this is an egg. Raw it contains roughly 47 calories. Boil it and it now boosts up to 74 calories. That’s an extra 35%!

The same goes for a potato containing 100 calories. Bake it and now it contains 193 calories. How confusing is calorie counting now?

Even your gut bacteria can affect how many calories you consume.

As you can probably tell, I am not fan of counting calories. Food is delicious and should be enjoyed. It does need to be controlled to an extend and depending on your journey will factor this.

I hope this article has shed a little bit of light on how counting calories can be extremely confusing and stressful.

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