When it Comes to Nutrition, Should You Count Calories?

There are so many different ideas on nutrition and counting calories. In addition, there are hundreds of different “diets” out there. Many experts will suggest that we count calories in order to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.  In some cases, this may be true.  But after research and study, here are my thoughts on the subject:

While eating a good, healthy, balanced diet, focusing on the number of calories we are consuming may not be nearly as important as some may tell us that it is, as long as we are not over-eating. When we feed our bodies with proper nutrition, our bodies are able to use that food to make fuel so that our bodies can function efficiently. When we eat a lot of processed junk food, our bodies don’t know what to do with that, and therefore has a much harder time making the needed fuel. Therefore, that “junk” ends up being stored as fat, because our bodies don’t know what else to do with it.

Listen to your body.  What food does it seem to be asking for?  Are you full?  Stop eating.  Are you feeling dizzy?  You may need protein.  Are you feeling depressed?  You may need to be eating more healthy fat, or you may need to cut out extra sugar.  Are you feeling low on energy?  You may need a healthy carbohydrate.  And always, always focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

My experience has been that since I’ve started focusing on good nutrition and exercise instead of calorie counting, I’ve seen many changes in how I feel.  When I listen to my body and eat a well balanced diet of real foods, I find that I feel great, and have the energy I need to work out.  I also notice how I feel when I don’t eat healthy!

While focusing on a real foods, well balanced diet, you may find that you are able to drop a few pounds without counting a single calorie.

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