Feel Good Fridays: Don’t Count Calories

Posted in Health
on April 3, 2015

Wheat before harvest (yield's field).Welcome to my newest, health-related post on Blissfully Brunette titled, “Feel Good Fridays.” These posts will be anything related to fitness, food and more. For my first post, I want to talk about whether you should count calories or not. Hopefully, you’ll gain some insight and add the bliss back to your daily diet. Here are my top 3 reasons why you SHOULDN’T count calories:

Obsessiveness:

Counting calories leads to obsessiveness, which can leading to minimal eating, or potential eating disorders. Limiting yourself and banning certain foods doesn’t help you lose weight, it only causes you to feel frustrated. Then, you’ll overeat and feel like a failure.

Inaccuracy:

Counting calories doesn’t mean your accounting for your intake of fat, sodium, sugar or carbohydrates. it’s important to take this into consideration because high sodium or sugar can increase weight or cause you to plateau.

Guilt:

If your overall intake of calories for a day is 2,000, and you go over your limit, you’ll feel guilty. This can lead to overeating or make you want to starve yourself, which are both unhealthy options if you’re looking to lose weight.

So what should you do instead?

Keep track of your meals for the day (not calories). If you’re well-rounded in eating veggies, fruit and protein, you don’t need to count every calorie or gram of fat. This will keep you on track with health goals without overdoing it.

I hope this post helped you learn more about calories and how to keep track of what you eat in a healthy way. Have you ever counted calories? Do you think this is a positive or a negative way to track what you eat? Make sure to leave a comment below.

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  • YES! I 100% agree. Lately, I have been more aware of the health & fitness messages in our society and the obsession with counting calories–or even worse, cutting calories. Calories have nothing to do with nutrition (for the most part). It’s all about WHAT we put in our body and not what numbers like calories would tell us. Thanks for spreading positive and healthy messages for us today!

    • You’re welcome and thank you for your thoughtful comment, I appreciate it! Yes, being too concerned with counting calories can lead to stress and negative body image, which is unhealthy! I’m happy that I’m spreading positive information on health.

  • Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  • caleepaskett

    I used to think counting calories was super important. It was definitely a lot harder to keep up with versus the amount of fat, carbs, and protein food has. I always read the nutrition label and glance at calories but don’t stress over it.

    • Thanks for your comment! And yes, looking at labels are important, but stressing over every calorie can be bad for you. Thanks for your input!

  • love this! i eat intuitively and feel so much freedom compared to a few years ago when i used to count calories in high school.
    thanks for sharing!
    HCXO

    • Thanks for your insight. I was the same way in high school with counting calories, and I’ve noticed a huge change in health and happiness since I’ve stopped over the years.

  • I used to track calories like it was a job. I was obsessed with looking at labels and counting every single serving of any food that wen into my body. I realized it was actually becoming a problem, so I stopped looking at the labels as often and I stopped counting obsessively. It is good to be aware of what you’re eating, but there comes a point where you need to step back and not stress yourself out about it.

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

    • Yes, thank you for your input. It definitely is important to be aware, but not to be obsessed. Thanks for your comment!

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