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The Problem With Calorie Counting

by Greg Cryns

I remember hearing about cutting calories back in the 1960's. I am sure this was not new news but then again obesity was not epidemic then either.

Counting your calories can help you maintain a healthy weight if you do it right. The difficulty is avoiding that devil, hunger.

The simple equation is true: if you eat fewer calories you will lose weight, especially if you add even a 

little bit more exercise in your daily routine. But people tend to get excited about the idea of losing weight quickly and they cut out the foods they like to eat entirely. This can be a bad idea because you will get cravings for the foods you dropped and eventually you will probably give in to the temptation of consuming them again in great quantities.

Your body is smart. It know what it needs and it will let you know when you need it. Your body will respond to each and every message you send it.

Exercising, for example, sends a message to your body that you need more energy than before. Your body will increase muscle mass and this makes your body feel soreness for a while.  The next time you want to use those muscles in the same way, they will be able to work better for you. 

Stop eating for any unusual length of time and your body tells itself to store nutrients and get ready for the famine. The body lowers your energy and reduces your metabolism. This process will tend to keep your fat levels high. 

Exercise will tell your body to get rid of the fat, but your body will make you exercise more to achieve a good effect because it has been programmed to conserve fat. In other words, the low calorie diet will make it harder to lose weight in some ways. 

Types of foods in a low calorie diet

Fact is that sweets and smiple carbohydrates will not keep hunger away for very long. If you have ever fasted for a couple of days you will understand how awful hunger can be. When you start eating again you probably will eat a lot to make up for your loss. 

Try reducing your calories but take it slowly and don't be crazy about it.

 



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