Counting on Weight Loss: Can You Do It?

Counting on Weight Loss: Can You Do It?

Many people think weight loss can be summed up in a simple equation that they just haven't tried yet:

Weight loss = calories out > calories in

That's all there is to it, right?

Well, actually there’s a lot more to it if you wish to achieve lasting weight loss.

Several weight loss plans focus on the numbers (i.e. calories, fat grams, carbs, etc.), leaving the dieter in a tizzy about whether or not they can eat that one last morsel of food or if they'll have their wrist slapped instead and get shunned to a corner. Well, maybe it's not that harsh, but I’ve seen people react that way when they focus too much on the caloric content of their meals. They end up punishing themselves if they break the “rules,” and ultimately eat everything they deprived themselves of. Then they feel guilty about giving in and restrict themselves, only to start the cycle once again. It doesn’t have to be this way! There are always other approaches that are equally effective.

As science progresses, we're finding that our bodies react differently to various foods, regardless of how many calories they contain. Now - I’m not saying the old equation is a lie - calorie counting is defintely a good way to lose weight for some people, but weight loss isn't so black and white sometimes.

Try setting those numbers aside; the type of food and quality of your food is really what matters most! When we choose foods closest to their natural state (think organic kale, apples, nuts, seeds, and other non-modified vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes), our body is better equipped to find a healthy balance – balanced hormones, stable weight, healthy biomarkers, and vibrant energy.

It may seem counterintuitive, but you can actually eat more food and lose weight without counting calories. But, you can’t just eat any food you want; by choosing high fiber, nutrient-dense, naturally low-calorie, plant-based foods (the exact foods you add to your NutriBlast!), you will feel full, enjoy the flavors, and potentially lose weight at the same time.

You no longer have to deal with the stress of keeping tabs on each bite you take. Try this new approach – focusing on healthy, quality ingredients, while eliminating the processed foods high in sugar, fat and salt. In addition, listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues to dictate when you begin and end your meal; we call this Intuitive Eating.

Now, I recognize that some people have certain medical conditions that require them to monitor specific nutritional components such as calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates, sugars, etc. If this is the case, here are a few websites that can help you determine the nutritional make-up of your NutriBlast and help monitor your overall daily intake:

For those of you who feel like you have tried every diet book on the shelf and are about to throw in the towel, I strongly urge you to relax and give this approach a try.

If you still aren’t convinced or not quite ready to forgo your reliance on numbers, I’ll help make the transition easier. Below is a list of the most common NutriBlast ingredients along with their calorie counts. Once you see that these foods won’t wreck your diet and that, while they do contain calories, they are all highly nutritious and should be included in a well-balanced eating plan. There is no need to worry yourself to death about how the numbers stack up with each sip you take. You will feel empowered knowing that you’ve made good decisions about the ingredients you’ve chosen for your NutriBlast and that they provide your body with healthful vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and enzymes. All of which will ultimately assist you in reaching your weight loss goals when combined with an overall healthy lifestyle!

Registered Dietitian


Comments
Comment by pamlynn
February 07, 2013
This is the approach I have to use to keep from going nuts! When I eat a good diet, I don't get ENOUGH calories, according to certain web site calculations. So I have to follow something I read about a while ago; eat when you're hungry, stop eating when you're full! - Intuitive eating. I drink a 24oz. Nutriblast for breakfast, a lunch of fruit salad or fruit and cottage cheese, dinner of chicken, sweet potato and a veggie. Snack on sunflower seeds or dried vegetables. This doesn't amount to anything close to the 1200 or so calories I'm told I should be eating. BUT I am full after each meal and eat the next meal when I'm hungry, again until I'm full. My a.m. blast is chock full of good, nutrient dense whole, raw foods. I'm eating a minimum of 4 meals and snacks a day and feel like what I'm doing is enough to keep my body from thinking it's starving and slowing down my metabolism too much. I lose actual weight slowly, but the inches come off at a good pace. Your article confirms that most of what I'm doing is correct.
Reply by button08
April 12, 2013
Good Morning Pamlynn What is the recipe for your breakfast & lunch nutrablast.... I'd like to put more veggies & fruits in my nutrablast. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Reply by NutriBullet
February 19, 2013
Hey Pam! So good to hear.. Everyone works differently and I'm glad you've found what works for you (and especially that you're able to eat and actually feel full!) Keep it up! :)
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