Should you count calories or not?

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Wally Bishop
Joined: 10/17/2012

 

Oh this is a fun subject! There is too much to say as a post so a blog is coming shortly to you that I just finished writing but I will share with you a piece of the blog. 

There are differing opinions on the subject and truthfully there is no wrong or right answer.  The answer is subject to what works best for the person needing or wanting to lose weight.

I will say this however; it is very hard to become overweight or obese if 80% to 90% of your diet is healthy and vegetable based. Nutrient dense foods do not cause weight problems.  All the overweight and obese people I know, did not get overweight eating healthy. No, they were all on the Standard American Diet (SAD) menu and didn't move much.   

However, if you need to lose 30 pounds or more then I believe counting calories is a ? to be continued!

So what is your opinion? lets talk about it.

 

Healthy Wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

I've been counting calories most of my adult life and I am obese. Wally, Wally, Wally, I wish I REALLY knew the answer to this question. When I eat a healthy diet, it is very hard for me too eat even the minimum of 1200 calories. I get full really fast. Most days I eat 3 meals and a snack or two. I eat when I'm hungry and stop eating when I'm full. I've experienced what happens when you don't eat enough calories - your body perceives the decrease in calories as starvation and holds on to fat rather than sheds it. And when/if you start to eat as before, you gain back what you lost and more. So what would happen if I continued to eat "healthy" meals, each meal eating until I'm full from now on. Would my body eventually understand that, although I've reduced my calories to below 1200, I'm giving it the nutrition it needs and quit fighting to hold onto my fat? I drink one 24-oz blast a day, & I'm full for hours. If I were to start drinking 2, I could probably only eat another small meal, again still below 1200 calories.
Pamlynn as you can see there is not one right or wrong answer because it centers around a persons genetics, diet, behavior, stress, amount of physical activity, past or present illnesses, and your exposure to toxins of all types. Yes I would recomment adding another meal to you daily plan. Do you know how many calories a day you should be consuming? That the first answe you need to have. I have clients that just can't eat enough. It is a struggle for them and because of this they don't have the energy to be more physically active and their weight seems to be locked. Without enough calories the bodys safety system just isnt going to let go of the fat. The key to weight loss is really 3 things, a nutritious diet with adequate calories, exercise and stress reduction. If you are stressed your body is going to hang on to the fat. You can get adequate nutrition and still undercut calories but you still must satisfy the body basil metabolic requirements. If you don't the weight is not going to move. Guys are different I know a few that do nothing but juicing for 2 weeks and they will drop 10+ pounds but they always gain it back. You need to get over the 1200 calorie threshold. Try adding very calorie dense foods like avocados, coconut, oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and rice bran to your diet. Beware that too much sugar can also interfer with your weight loss by stresssing the immune and hormonal system. When I began my journey 7 years ago it took my body over a month to really beleive I was going to continue to give it enough calories everyday. Gradually the weight started coming off. But I had to add daily exercise to my plan to kick it into gear. The longer a person has been overweight, the longer they have not been meeting calorie needs and the longer they have been inactive the longer it will take for the metabolic system to turn up the fat burn. It requires a dedicated and persistant approach. That why I tell my clients to forget about the weight lets just focus on healhy eating and lifestyle techniques and the weight will take care of itself. I would love to help guide you, there is not cookie cutter approach to weight loss. Everyone has different needs. Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Pamlynn as you can see there is not one right or wrong answer because it centers around a persons genetics, diet, behavior, stress, amount of physical activity, past or present illnesses, and your exposure to toxins of all types. Yes I would recomment adding another meal to you daily plan. Do you know how many calories a day you should be consuming? That the first answe you need to have. I have clients that just can't eat enough. It is a struggle for them and because of this they don't have the energy to be more physically active and their weight seems to be locked. Without enough calories the bodys safety system just isnt going to let go of the fat. The key to weight loss is really 3 things, a nutritious diet with adequate calories, exercise and stress reduction. If you are stressed your body is going to hang on to the fat. You can get adequate nutrition and still undercut calories but you still must satisfy the body basil metabolic requirements. If you don't the weight is not going to move. Guys are different I know a few that do nothing but juicing for 2 weeks and they will drop 10+ pounds but they always gain it back. You need to get over the 1200 calorie threshold. Try adding very calorie dense foods like avocados, coconut, oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and rice bran to your diet. Beware that too much sugar can also interfer with your weight loss by stresssing the immune and hormonal system. When I began my journey 7 years ago it took my body over a month to really beleive I was going to continue to give it enough calories everyday. Gradually the weight started coming off. But I had to add daily exercise to my plan to kick it into gear. The longer a person has been overweight, the longer they have not been meeting calorie needs and the longer they have been inactive the longer it will take for the metabolic system to turn up the fat burn. It requires a dedicated and persistant approach. That why I tell my clients to forget about the weight lets just focus on healhy eating and lifestyle techniques and the weight will take care of itself. I would love to help guide you, there is not cookie cutter approach to weight loss. Everyone has different needs. Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Just an update. I got on the scale, Monday, March 25th and had lost 4 lbs. Put on a pair of pants and they were very loose. I haven't yet added the extra good calories you recommended, like oatmeal and coconut oil, but plan to soon. I did make one change; I started drinking a protein shake first thing instead of my blast. My thought was that if I gave my body protein first thing in the a.m. instead of all the carbs that are in my blast, that it would be forced to burn fat for energy since I'm not supplying it with carbs to burn. Not sure if this is what triggered the weight loss, but I'm gonna continue and see what happens. Thanks for your response. I'll keep you posted.
Congratulations on the weight loss!! Everyones body is different so different approaches are sometimes more effective. Its most likely you just were not getting enough protein in general through out the day and the extra protein and extra calories helped your metabolism speed up. It really doesn't matter why. The point is something is working !! Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Healthy Wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
pamlynn wrote: Just an update. I got on the scale, Monday, March 25th and had lost 4 lbs. Put on a pair of pants and they were very loose. I haven't yet added the extra good calories you recommended, like oatmeal and coconut oil, but plan to soon. I did make one change; I started drinking a protein shake first thing instead of my blast. My thought was that if I gave my body protein first thing in the a.m. instead of all the carbs that are in my blast, that it would be forced to burn fat for energy since I'm not supplying it with carbs to burn. Not sure if this is what triggered the weight loss, but I'm gonna continue and see what happens. Thanks for your response. I'll keep you posted.
Awesome!