Today it is becoming mainstream knowledge that 1 pound (1/2 kilo) equals 3600 Kcal which is leading too many people to the false assumption that they should think in numbers and count calories. So if an activity like walking is estimated to burn a specific amount of calories, most people will actively try to coordinate what they eat to the point of starvation so they would expend more calories than they consume as an “effective” weight loss solution.
However, this is hardly a solution!
Truth is, it’s not really about the calories but rather about the hormones controlling them. “When” you eat, has a greater impact over your metabolic state than “what” you eat. Hormones are not controlled by calories, but rather by the composition of your meal as well as its timing. These hormones are ultimately going to control different processes in your body that will determine if you lose weight, gain weight, lose muscle or become a zombie.
Another good point is that not all calories are created equal. It’s wrong to assume that eating a spoonful of sugar is the same as eating an apple. The only thing calories determine is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree.
It is hardly a measurement for how much weight you are going to lose or put on.
The truth about calorie counting is that it is a great way to learn how to eat sensible portions of food, but that’s it.
Here’s the truth, weight loss is not about “calories in” and “calories out”. It’s all about regulating a sequence of biological reactions. Fat has its purposes, so as burning it. The biology behind it is not nearly as complicated as you would think.
When trying to understand weight loss and how many calories to lose weight, the lack of such basic understanding usually results in the loss of muscle energy (glycogen) as well as its binding water (i.e. water weight). The problem with this, is that not only the water comes back as soon as you indulge a bit. Because your insulin sensitivity is up to the roof when you follow methods based on calorie counting – you are actually going to gain a lot of additional weight at the finish line.
In our book “how lose weight fast” we explain the basic biology behind weight loss. It has nothing to do with calories and everything to do with sensible living. So stop counting calories and learn what really counts.
As with any diet, it is essential that you include an exercise program that will go hand in hand with the diet to create a powerful metabolic effect which is geared towards fast weight loss. Not every exercise, much like calories, is created equal and running / sprinting / walking (even though they all use the leg muscles) all create an astonishingly different result. It is of utmost importance that you understand that if you are serious about losing weight, looking better and becoming healthier.
Stop counting calories, get our excellent book, do the exercises, eat like a human being and lose more weight than any of your friends – faster and with less torture involved. Start seeing the benefits of living a happier, longer and more productive and energetic life. We welcome you to a new era.