When trying to weight, do you find diet choice more important than counting calories?
I count calories either way, but I've noticed that even if I am under, if I eat junk - I don't lose weight. But if I eat healthy fruits/veggies and consume my near max calories, I can lose weight. So I think it's just a matter of filling up on healthy foods that are good for your body. The more natural the better
I find that all aspects are important. You need to know what your calorie burn ratio to caloric intake is. In doing so you can then determin what your caloric intake should be for the desired weight loss you are looking for. Your food choices are important also becasue if you are eatting nothing but carbs and fats (junk foods and fast foods) you are not feeding the body what it needs for muscels and blood and organs to function properly to loss the weight you are wanting. If you are eatting healthy but depriving your self of the proper calories then your body can go into sarvation mode and no matter how much you excersise or how little you eat you will not loss because your body will hold on to every once of fat that it can to stay alive. Learning about nutrition and where to get what your body needs is very important. Over doing on sodium, fat, protien, or even under doing them can cause problems. So I really believe that food choice and calorie counting and excersise are all important. There are alot of useful web sites avaliable that can help you keep all these aspects in order. I personally use Sparkpeople.com It is free and I can track everything and see reports to make sure I am staying where I need to loss and maintain my weight loss.
That's a very good question.
Yes food choices are more important than calories.
I'd rather you'd be eating 4000 calories of greens and lean protein rather than 2000 calories of cheetos. Does it make sense?
Healthy foods and small portions! Calorie counting is the death of all diets in my opinion. It allows a sense of neutralization to some foods because it comes within the amount of calories instead of choosing healthy items and worrying less about counting.
I guess they go hand in hand really, though for me I think mainly about counting calories whilst being mindful of eating a well balanced diet.
I few years ago I had an injury to my lower back (bulging disc, siatica, etc.) and over an 18 month period, through lack of exercise and comfort eating, I put on a little over 2 stone in weight. After some yo-yo dieting and trying various fads, I decided to go back to calorie counting.
Basically I cut out chocolate and biscuits, cut my bread and potato intake in half, ate more fruit and vegetables, and made sure I was taking in a little under 2000 calories per day. That combined with moderate exercise 4 to 5 times per week allowed me to lose 2 stone in only 4 months.
So for me counting calories whilst being mindful of a balanced diet works best of all. Never did I go into any more depth. Doing it this way allowed me to have those occasional treat and even the odd glass of wine or two on the weekend.
But I guess if you ask a hundred people you'll get a hundred different answers. At the end of the day, it's what ever works for you. And for me, having tried many diets, counting calories worked the best.
Yes! I lost 50 pounds and never counted clalories I used exersize as my main source for weightloss along with changing my diet cutting out sugar realy worked well for me.
it is not focusing on the calories but rather what foods you are eating. fruits and vegetables and no fast food or sweats
all foods have calories but it is more of choosing foods that have the most nutrients for the amount of calories in the food- like as in the quote more bang for your buck.
a apple vs a candy bar is the idea I am trying to express
If you want to be healthy, then you should eat healthy foods and have a balanced diet.
Of course, being healthy should be the goal of everyone, but if you only care about losing the weight then calories are all that really matters. Every 3500 calories you cut out by diet or exercise is a pound you lose.
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