Calories don’t matter…
Sounds cool right? So does the idea that the 2006 version of Jessica Simpson calls me every night begging for a date, I own both a Range Rover and a Audi R8 Syder and I have a company that makes more money then EAS in its prime.
But that’s not real, at least right now for me anyway.
Calories do matter. I’m not going to take a shot at anyone because that’s unprofessional but I don’t understand why various nutrition coaches, who are smart people, advocate this idea that you don’t have to measure your food intake and you’ll still lose fat.
1. What gets measured gets improved. Doesn’t matter if it’s business, website traffic or calories. What you track, what you’re analytical about matters. That’s the only way that you can get a predictable outcome everytime you try to perform the same task. Do you really want to bang your head against a wall over and over again trying to get the result you want?
Now I’m not saying that you need to be on a strict 1500 or 2400 calorie diet. As a matter of fact, measuring calories is an awful idea but you need to measure certain aspects of your diet or else you’re doomed.
2. People overeat what they want and undereat what they hate. We’re still talking about eating health foods here but people will still eat what they favor. Case in point, I love peanut butter. Natural peanut butter is a great fat source for energy when dieting. Well if you take the “calories don’t matter” approach you’ll end up eating more natural peanut butter than you should be.
It’s still fat and, regardless of what type, can still make you or keep you fat.
3. What do you do when you’ve hit a plateau? So you’re not tracking what you eat, you’re just staying with healthy sources. Well what do you when you’ve stopped losing weight? What do you add or take away? How much do you take away? You have no idea because you’re not tracking your food intake. That’s like not tracking your bank account and just saying “well I make X per week so I can buy Y this week”. You’ll go broke quick!
4. Your training will suffer. Nutrient timing is so vital for increasing your performance in the gym and for recovery. Well if you’re guessing and just have some carbohydrates before your workout and some carbohydrates after your workout you won’t nesscarily be getting the proper amounts to fuel your training but to increase your fat burning. It’s a fine line.
5. You don’t have 40 pounds to lose. If I was a trainer on The Biggest Loser I’d follow a “calories don’t matter” approach. Why not? These individuals have 40, 50,100 and 100 + pounds to lose. Just changing the quality of their food will help them lose weight. But what about people that want to lose the last 20,10 or 5 pounds? They have to be objective and know exactly what goes into their bodies. That’s you!
So if what’s the easiest and most efficient way for us to track what we eat without literally going crazy?
Coming Wednesday May 19th..
Macronutrient Math Made Easy
The Easiest Way To Track What You Eat To Get The Body You Want…
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