Is calorie counting dead?

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You know what? I think it is. A calorie is no longer a calorie.

There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that calorie counting is notoriously inaccurate and secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it is dead boring, so no-one can really stick with it for long.

I will not deny that I have used this method of counting calories in the past with clients because at the time I felt that level of detail was important for that individual and it really did work for a certain type of personality. Even though the actual number of calories in food may be an inexact methodology, the ‘awareness’ that one food is way more energy dense than another is well worth knowing and is something that can scientifically be shown.

There is no denying that if you consume more energy than you expend you will put on weight. The problem is in the fact that some people metabolise food more efficiently than others, so putting numbers on what can be eaten before putting on weight is very individual.

So what is the solution? The boys at Precision Nutrition have come up with a very simple way to calculate what your portion sizes for what eating should look like. I love simple, and the visual is something that sticks and is a great reference point you will be able to use anywhere and keep using. Don’t get hung up on the man/woman thing either. Obviously your size, no matter what your gender will be relative and this method still makes sense. So put away the food scales and keep it simple folka!

Check it out –

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