Jun 17, 2014

Never Count Calories Again!

 If you’re like me, you learned from a young age that tracking your caloric intake was the only way to lose or manage weight.  You stressed over every food label checking the calories, fat, and serving sizes of each food, while strategically counting out 20 chips before eating them.  You measured out each drop of salad dressing before drizzling it over your salad.  And when you ran 2 miles that day and burned 200 calories, that meant you got to eat 2 extra cookies that night for dessert.  We did all of this in effort to keep the pounds off and be the healthiest we could be.
I’m here today to tell you to kiss all of that GOODBYE!  Let’s be honest...it’s too much work, it’s depriving, and it doesn’t really work!  If it did, our country would be much more fit.

Myth #1:  A calorie is a calorie.
So many of us believe that no matter what, THE NUMBER of calories we take in daily is the only determinant of our body composition.  This couldn’t be more FALSE.  Different calorie sources have different influences on the body.  For example, 50 calories of CAKE are going to act differently in the body than 50 calories of BROCCOLI.  When you eat cake, it goes into your body and is immediately processed in your digestive system for nutrients.  The problem is, cake has no nutrition.  Therefore, it spikes your blood sugar, passes through your system quickly, and leaves you searching for more cake (or something similar) 30 minutes later.  When you eat the broccoli, it takes your body MUCH longer to process.  It REAPS benefits from every molecule that makes up the broccoli and it is all used SOMEWHERE inside of your body.  The vitamins and minerals are giving your body fuel.  These “SAME” 50 calories are lasting and hour or more and being used efficiently in the body.  Eat for NUTRITIONAL VALUE over caloric value.

Myth #2:  A low-fat diet is good.
Fat is our friend.  Haley went into great detail on eating fat to burn fat HERE.  The 90s was full of low-fat trends that have brainwashed our country into believing that we should FEAR fat.  The truth is, the only way to train our bodies to burn fat as our number one fuel source is to EAT IT!  Remember a calorie is NOT just a calorie, so it has to be a HEALTHY fat.  Some of my favorites are avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, fish, and bacon.  Yes, I said BACON!  These healthy fats will fill you up, keep you satisfied, and retrain your body to become a fat burning machine.  Foods like wheat and grains, dairy, and some fruits, turn into sugar immediately inside the body. They lack NUTRITION and have little use for your body.  Therefore, your body burns it quickly to signal to your brain to eat again in hopes of getting something of nutritional value in your next meal.  If you continue to neglect what your body needs, it gets ugly quick.  You become addicted to those sugary foods causing a vicious cycle of blood sugar spikes and weight gain.  It’s a downward spiral from there.  When your diet is RICH in healthy fats, proteins, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, your body shouldn’t be craving anything!  You should eventually get to a point where your body TELLS you exactly what it needs rather than what it wants due to sugar addiction.  The BULK of your food intake should be from proteins and fats and then carbohydrates from vegetables and a little fruit.  Yes this is COMPLETELY opposite than what we were taught on our traditional food guide pyramid.  Throw that awful thing out the window.

How to successfully NOT count calories:
Count QUALITY not calories.  There’s no trick or special formula to this way of eating.  It’s a mindset.  You have to focus on each thing you are putting into your body and think about its nutritional density.  A HINT:  if you’re looking at a label to check out nutritional value, most likely not the best thing for you.
Color is a great way to gauge nutrition.  Veggies and fruits that have deep or unique colors are great to add into your diet because they are full of nutritional value.  Compare iceberg lettuce to Romaine.  Iceberg is very light green and white in color while Romaine is much deeper green.  Romaine is richer in vitamins and minerals where iceberg contains more water.  Things like whole grains and dairy have ZERO color.  Something to think about...
Meat source is another way to gauge how nutritious your protein is.  Grass fed, pasture raised, and wild caught is ALWAYS going to contain more nutrition than farm raised, grain fed, or caged animals.  It’s just how nature works and how nature intended. 
This is a perfect of example of both COLOR properties and the SOURCE of your animal proteins.
The pasture raised chicken eggs are richer in color and bigger overall.
They contain more nutrition than organic or standard eggs.

Understanding this way of eating is SO hard for so many.  It was very hard for me at first too.  Like I said, we’ve been brainwashed to believe that fat is bad.  It takes time to retrain your way of thinking and to not FEAR fat and protein.  It’s what our bodies NEED.  I can speak from experience by saying I have minimal cravings and am the most fit I have ever been since eating this way.   If I can do it, YOU can do it!
Remember:  Count QUALITY not calories.

Please comment below or email me with any questions!  I would love to help!


  1. Love this post!! I've been eating this way for about a month and I feel better than I ever have!! I never realized what grains, legumes, and dairy were doing to me! I hope this break down creates "light bulb" moments for lots of people! I do disagree with one of your statements: counting calories "doesn't work". I lost 55lbs counting calories and exercising. However, counting calories never yielded the results I have now. Thanks for the post!

    1. I totally understand what you're saying Kayla! But in my opinion, it isn't the actual counting of calories that is causing weight loss. I think that counting calories brings awareness to what is being put into the body and naturally leads to better food choices. It makes it seem like its working at first when a person has a lot of weight to lose or beginning their weight loss journey, but doesn't work over time. It's hard to keep something so tedious going long term. I hope that better clarifies what I meant! Thanks for reading and for commenting!