A Calorie is a measurement of energy. The energy contained in food is measured in Calories. Energy not used is stored in the form of fat.
One pound of body fat contains 3,500 Calories
The average daily energy requirement for a woman is 2,000 Calories and for a man is 2,500 Calories.
In other words, if the average woman ate 2,500 Calories a day (500 Calories more than she would normally require – just under 10 fingers of Kit Kat) it would take her at least one week to put on a pound of body fat.
As the major reason for being overweight is overeating (consuming too many Calories), it seems to make sense to engage in Calorie counting to reduce ones weight. Unfortunately, there are certain pitfalls in attempting to lose weight by Calorie counting.
Our Bodies Do Not React Well To Starvation
Many weight loss diets aim to reduce weight by Calorie counting. If one reduces ones Calorie intake below 1500 Calories for a woman and 1800 Calories for a man, ones body will go into starvation mode producing rapid weight gain when starvation stops - “Yo Yo” diet cycle. See “Dieting Makes You Fat”.
Eat Your Calories at the Wrong Time and You May Get Fat
It is not an old wives tale! An experiment reported in 2008 indicated that over eating at the end of the day caused a significantly greater weight gain than over eating at the beginning of the day. This could be that starvation effect kicking in. So reduce your Calorie intake by missing breakfast or lunch (or both) and then eat late in the day and you may be wasting your time Calorie counting.
Did you know that the Japanese Sumo wrestlers never eat in the morning?
Up to 50% of Calories Consumed are Overlooked
When counting Calories it is generally found that some are “missed”. This is due to the belief in the categories of non-fattening and “fattening foods”. A Calorie counter is more likely to overlook the Calories in food that they believe is non-fattening. This can lead to the belief that one is “cutting down” when the opposite is happening.
Is Calorie Counting Worth the Effort?
So what happens if you actually achieve the weight loss you desired through counting Calories? The theory is that you have educated yourself to eat differently and this will result in your weight becoming stable. The trouble is that all you have educated yourself to do is count Calories so you have to do this for the rest of your life or lose control of your weight again.
Managing Your Weight Does Not Require Calorie Counting
If we are healthy, we all have an inbuilt mechanism for managing our weight. Calorie counting will not help you access this mechanism. Hypnotherapy can help you access this inbuilt mechanism.
Hypnotherapy for Weight Control Without Calorie Counting
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