Why Calorie Counting Doesn't Work...
Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work for Weight Loss...
I’m sure everyone knows someone who thinks that calories are the "enemy", since consuming excess calories leads to excess fat, right? That’s why most people believe that the fastest way to burn fat is to cut back on their calorie intake each day.
After all, if a dieter is eating 2,500 calories per day and then decides to cut back to 1,500 calories per day – then obviously those extra 1,000 calories have to result in weight loss, right? Well, not exactly.
If you try to cut your daily calorie intake too much (by skipping meals or starving your body) then you'll quickly reach a dieting "plateau" (a point where the scale refuses to dip any lower no matter how little you eat).
First, let’s talk about how the average person begins a new diet...
Here is the usual setup…
One day you decide to look in the mirror and notice that your clothes are fitting a little snugger than normal, and you look more overweight than usual. ...And on this day you get extremely upset with yourself because of what you see in that mirror. It’s at this point you decide that you’re going to lose the weight no matter what.
You are filled with lots of motivation on this particular day, and you feel determined to do whatever it takes to get slimmer. So what's the first thing you do?
...You begin skipping meals and cutting back on calories in an attempt to starve yourself thinner, since you have no doubt those calories is the enemy.
Anyway, the above scenario is how you begin your “starvation diet.”
On the first day of dieting you feel so “motivated” to lose weight that you decide to skip breakfast. Unfortunately, this motivation doesn't last for long, because after a few hours your hunger begins making you feel weak -- because your body is not accustomed to "skipping meals and your body is not accustomed to being without calories for so long.
Anyway, by the time lunchtime arrives you’re so hungry and fatigued that you feel absolutely miserable --- but you bravely tell yourself that you can handle this diet (because after all, you certainly don’t want to feel like a quitter).
So maybe you have a piece of fruit for lunch (or perhaps another small food item instead), since you're still convinced that you can starve yourself thinner.
Finally, hours later when dinnertime arrives you’re so miserable and hungry that you have a major headache and it’s at this moment when you finally begin to realize that starving yourself might not be such a good idea after all.
This cycle will repeat itself for days (maybe even weeks depending on how stubborn your). No matter how much you decide to hold out you won’t see yourself getting any slimmer and here’s the reason why.
The body was designed to protect us, even from ourselves. By significantly reducing your calorie intake to dangerous levels, you force the body to go into “survival mode”. When this happens your body’s metabolism slows down to a crawl to ensure your fat reserves aren’t depleted too rapidly. This explains why starving yourself causes the “fatigue” factor. Here is the icing on the cake. When you finally decide to eat a meal, the body immediately tries to store the calories back into the fat reserve (since your body doesn’t know when the next meal is coming).
The truth is that “serious” weight loss can never be achieved by starving yourself.
Serious weight loss can only be achieved by giving your body the right types of calories at the correct times each day. Your body is like a big engine and without the 3 types of required calories (fat, carbohydrates, and proteins) your engine will lock up.
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