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Pros and Cons of Counting Calories

A calorie counter is a great tool for losing weight in a natural, threat-free way. But as everything has its cons, counting the intake of calories makes no exception from the rule. Let’s take a look at both the pros and the cons of this method of burning out fat.

The Pros 

  • 100% natural: in spite of the fact that this could be taken as a triviality, it is anything but. There are hundreds of brands of medications that promise exceptional weight loss in a record time. Even if that were true, that’s not the way to go. Losing too much weight in a short period of time is anomalous, because your body is being forced. There are certain lines that shouldn’t be crossed.
  • It’s easily manageable: given that you probably calculate your calories with an online or smartphone app calculator, you know exactly how many calories you have to eat per day in order to shed some weight.
  • It educates people: you probably had no idea what calories were in the first place until you’ve started counting them. Counting them makes you aware of how many things take place into your body and how intricate its mechanisms are. Moreover, it shows you that the key to losing weight efficiently is not eating nothing at all, as most people believe.
  • It gives you goals: it’s easier to achieve an objective when it’s clear-cut. It allows you to focus on doing what it takes to lose weight. This can be extremely entertaining if you’re the kind of person that loves planning everything. It is also as motivational as it is entertaining.

The Cons 

  • Not long-term feasible: this is the most overt con of calorie counting. Would you spend your entire life counting the calories of everything you consume? Less likely.
  • It’s time consuming: calorie counting usually requires measuring. That takes time, both when weighing meals on a scale or using measuring cups.
  • It’s easy to trespass: you’ll have the urge to pamper yourself with everything you want to eat at least twice a week. And sometimes you will give in and you’ll carpet-bomb your body with more calories than it burned in this whole process of losing weight. Needless to say, that’s not feasible at all.
  • It can be misguiding: our bodies do not function in the same way all the time. You cannot simply say that “Well, this is the exact amount of calories my body needs”. Activity is, for instance, a factor that can change how many calories you must take. Our bodies are not computers that work with the same algorithms all over again.

Whether calories counting is good or bad is a decision that you must make yourself, because, after all, you’re the beneficiary of the weight loss. If you don’t mind being overly organized and you have a lot of spare time on your hands, calculating calories is evidently the way to go. If not, you should probably try something else.

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  • Jennifer Ridgeworth

    To me, I have always been afraid of counting calories. I did it for a bit in university and got obsessed. Not good. I now just eat in moderation and work out, without eliminating the foods I enjoy. I try to be balanced.

    To me, I have always been afraid of counting calories. I did it for a bit in university and got obsessed. Not good. I now just eat in moderation and work out, without eliminating the foods I enjoy. I try to be balanced.


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