Benefits of Counting Calories

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Counting Calories Offers Lasting Benefits

By Bonnie Pfiester of

When someone begins an exercise program, there comes a point where people begin to realize they may need to go on some kind of diet. Since most people have no idea how many calories to take in or what foods are the best choices, people often turn to brand name diets.

You see, people don’t want to think. They want simple answers. This is why the weight loss industry is raking in billions of dollars. People are attracted to the magic pill or the “3-step plan” but quick fixes are not the answer.

If every major diet on the market is based on 1200-1500 calories, then maybe we should take notice. Nearly every major weight loss company has nutritionists and dieticians on staff dedicated to designing diet plans that work. Interestingly enough, no matter the combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, they all have similar caloric restrictions.

If calorie counting is the common link, then all you need is a calorie book and a calculator. Once you take the plunge, your eyes will be opened to a whole new world. Counting calories is a lesson that will last you a lifetime.

First, counting calories makes you realize how many calories are in some of your favorite foods. When you begin searching for answers, you quickly realize why you are struggling with your weight. You begin to recognize your weaknesses and strengths when it comes to eating.

Secondly, you discover proper portions. When you are measuring foods and counting calories you quickly learn how too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing in a hurry. Suddenly, you learn to avoid foods you can’t control yourself around.

The next thing you’ll notice is all the extra unnecessary ingredients. Low-calorie meals become high-calorie disasters with each added ingredient you decide to use. As you tally up each ingredient you are faced with the decision to part with the unnecessary extras. Fewer ingredients means fewer calories – plain and simple.

Another discovery you’ll make is how certain foods make you feel. As you journal daily, you recognize certain patterns. This discovery helps drive you to make better decisions because you start relating bad foods to feeling bad and vice versa.

Lastly, calorie counting helps you make better decisions. When you are allotted only a certain amount of calories a day, you begin to be a little choosier on how you “spend” your calories. The same way you budget money, you begin to learn how to save calories for the foods you love while still working towards your weight loss goals. You also will learn some foods are just not worth the extra calories.

Of course you don’t have to count calories for the rest of your life, but the lesson learned through the journey can last a lifetime.

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