FOR many years various slimming groups and dietary forums deemed ‘calorie counting’ as a scientifically proven and fairly easy method for keeping your weight down.
As a personal trainer this dietary information has been important when embarking on both weight loss and weight gain programmes with clients.
Clients at a first consultation would generally be measured and weighed to establish their goals. This would enable me to set up their progression sheets.
For years myself and virtually everyone else involved in the health industry was informed by credited dietary and governing bodies with regard to nutrition, that for a client to lose one pound they would need a deficit of 3,500 calories.
As a trainer this was a clear and simple way for me to explain to clients how to calculate and monitor their weight loss.
It was simple mathematics, create a 500 calorie a day deficit towards your total 3,500 calories for the week and bingo, you have lost one pound.
Well sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that no scientist or health expert has ever been able to prove this.
Of course there are those that will continue to use this formula in the absence of a reasonable solution, knowing what I now know, I will inform my clients there is NO PROVEN FORMULA, and it is wrong to misinform people that counting will lead to weight loss.
If you are forever finding yourself in a haze of dietary advice and continuously embarking on new eating plans tried and tested by some micro celebrity. STOP!
Clear your cupboards and keep unprocessed, clean foods, meat and dairy. No low fat diet food, plenty of vegetables, only wholemeal rice and pasta. If you must eat bread cut down and eat limited wholemeal only.
Make sure you have at least three meals per day. Snack only if you are hungry, and limit it to one morning and one afternoon.
Have a cheat day at the weekend and get back on track on Monday.
Finally… STOP COUNTING CALORIES and ENJOY YOUR LIFE.