Why I Stopped Calorie Counting

It may come as a surprise to some of you but I do not like calorie counting and do not recommend it to anyone unless they feel like adding stress to their lives.  Here’s why… calories

  • Calories are difficult for dieters to really get a grip on or better yet, be very accurate in their intake. Who and what determines the exact caloric need for everyone?  We all have such unique and variable biochemistry and energy needs.  This is an impossible number to figure out.  Stop struggling!
  • Some people become obsessive and start counting every thing they put into their mouths.  This can lead to compulsive behavior and even bulemia/anorexia/orthorexia if it gets out of control – I have seen this happen. When I danced as a teen and even into my 20’s, I counted every calorie and became consumed by the habit! I am now happy to be free of this struggle.
  • I prefer instead to teach “nutrient-density” not calories.  It is what makes or breaks our health savings account. Getting healthy is the only way to achieve permanent weight loss anyway.
  • We should try to put a stop to so many packaged foods consumption.  Like the so called, “health-bars”, 20 ingredient cereals, frozen dinners ala trans fat and the such.  (I am not talking about natural yogurt or olive oil and those kind of labels!!)  A food label should be based on what “it” is not the crazy additives, preservatives and stabilizers that you can’t even begin to pronounce.   So yes, read your “ingredient” labels.  Find out what foods you really should not be eating!  But go as far as that and put away that calculator!
  • All calories are not created equally – 200 cal from a processed food product is not going to last as long in your system, keep your blood sugar balanced or metabolize in the body as 200 cal from nuts which will promote a huge amount of natural satiety. The former also strips nutrients from the body in order to metabolize. When you lack nutrients, your metabolism decreases because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently.  The later will keep you highly nourished and not hungry for more!
  • Similarly, comparing high glycemic healthy foods per calorie with low glycemic, you’re not going to get as much staying power and will be tempted to eat more anyway.  Have you felt like crap downing a box of 5 – 100 cal snack packs?
  • Lastly, we could talk about the thermogenic affect of certain foods. Where the body generates heat or energy by increasing metabolic rate. Each macronutrient: carbs, fats and proteins have a different effect on the thermogenic response.  Comparing protein to carbs for instance. It cost energy to process the protein into amino acids, which are then used for tissue growth and repair.  On the other hand, carbs and fat function primarily as fuel and are used more efficiently as such by the body. Carbs and fat, therefore, have a much lower thermogenic effect than protein. That doesn’t mean that if you’re watching your waist-line you shouldn’t eat “healthy” fats! Not at all!  For more fat info, click HERE!  For example, look at coconut oil…. Coconut oil is high in Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are fatty acids that are metabolized differently than most other fats, leading to beneficial effects on metabolism. Many studies on medium chain fatty acids show that, compared to the same amount of calories from other fats, they increase feelings of fullness and lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake. This may be related to the way these fats are metabolized – they are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are either used for energy right away or turned into ketone bodies. It is well known that ketone bodies (which the liver produces when you eat coconut oil) can have a powerful appetite reducing effect without us even thinking about it.  Now that is some delicious stuff!  I eat it by the spoonful daily!

My absolute favorite! My friends…  It is now time to free yourself of the calorie-counting burden starting NOW!

In health,


Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

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