WHAT'S WITH THE CALORIE COUNTING??
Okay so I see there is some angst over calorie counting. I don't blame you since I grew up counting calories out of the back of the Joy of Cooking. Less was always best right? Wrong! Now that I am all grown up and have learned a thing or two about nutrition (yeah Nutritional Therapy Association!) I have dug my heels in even deeper over how silly it is to count calories.
Most people gain weight from consuming too many calories, the units of energy in foods, that don't get burned up, right? So how do you explain those people and we all know them who can eat like a horse and never gain a pound? Then there's that other kind of person who just looks at a cookie from the outside of a bakery and they gain 5 pounds. Clearly calories have little to do with this dilemma. And anybody I know who counts calories is totally verklempt and full of fear over food.
Where we are uniquely and biologically individual is in the fuel burning machinery in our body - the metabolism and in the nature of the hormones driving the machinery. No two of us is the same, believe me! So back to calorie counting - when you start cutting and counting calories you may initially lose weight but pretty much 100% of the time those pounds come right back with a few more for company. Why? Because your body's innate intelligence has sensed a food shortage and is now releasing fat storing hormones into your blood so any teensy morsel you eat sticks like glue.
Sugar gets processed into fats! Fat does not! Weird but true. So the more fat free, low sugar, 100- calorie snack paks, low fat franken-foods you eat the more weight you put on. Protein however will trigger fat burning hormones to be released and that is why Eating Clean is the answer to keeping yourself lean without ever having to count a single calorie. How about that for science!
REMEMBER THE BODY BEAUTIFUL/BODY HEALTHY FORMULA:
80% nutrition + 10% training + 10% genetics = BODY BEAUTIFUL/BODY HEALTHY