Project:F1t Column: Why counting calories is cool

Lee Behjet, owner of Project:F1t, encourages the use of fitness apps to count your calories so you can lose weight while eating ‘naughty’ food.

Counting calories is what all the cool kids are doing now. Subscribe to a new Insta page and the chances are the person will be talking calories and macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs).

In a world where calorie dense foods are so readily available, and awareness of how many calories a particular food contains is becoming less and less, I think the importance of counting calories is at an all time high.

Regardless of what diet you follow, be it paleo, Slimming World or flexible dieting they all have one thing in common when it comes to weight loss… they only work with a calorie deficit.

Here are some reasons why I think calorie counting is the way forward…

1) Calories in v calories out

The “just eat clean” for weight loss argument is a flawed one. Even the “clean” foods contain calories.

In order for your body to lose weight you need be in a calorie deficit… basically making sure you burn more calories than you consume.

Therefore, the make up of your diet could be 80% nutrient dense food and 20% “naughty” and as long as you are in a calorie deficit, you WILL lose weight.

2) It’s a guessing game …..and people are useless at it.

Most people don’t have a clue how much they are eating. It’s not until they start writing things down and tracking their food that they begin to understand why they aren’t losing weight, or worse, gaining it.

By simply tracking your food you will have a much better idea as to where it could be going wrong.

3) Continued progress

When dieting, a plateau is inevitable.

Therefore if an individual has been tracking their food intake, it makes a coach’s life much easier as we can reduce their intake slightly and, hey presto, we have weight loss again.

However, if someone has just been guessing their intake inevitably they will do one of two things – cut their food drastically or increase cardio dramatically, which just leads to misery and unsustainability.

4) Freedom & flexibility

I’m a massive advocate of flexible dieting, which allows a stress-free approach to nutrition. Social events can be attended stress-free, which for most people on a diet is a complete no-no.

But if you are a tracker, you can input the data in to an app like My Fitness Pal and enjoy that burger guilt-free because you know it’s within your daily target.

So there they are; the reasons why I believe in calorie counting.

Get technical, enjoy your diet, smash your training and be the envy of all you friends as you lose weight enjoying burgers, beans, beer and of course, broccoli 😉

Email if you would like to chat to Lee about counting calories or to book him for personal training.

This column was published in the March 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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