Though there are many different kinds of diet, one of the most common will encourage you to count the calories in the foods that you’re eating. But did you know that there is more than one way to count calories, and many people aren’t doing it properly? In fact, the odds are that if you are counting calories as a part of your diet, your food log isn’t actually as accurate as you think.
Recent studies have shown that the calories printed on high fiber and high protein foods are not accurate because they count the number of calories that are available in foods and not the number of calories that the body will actually use. It isn’t necessarily the fault of the companies that are producing the foods, either, because the standard system for measuring calorie content is old and inaccurate for certain types of food.
That said, according to the author of the popular “The Flexitarian Diet”, Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., this isn’t actually something that is being discovered for the first time. It is something that has been known for quite a while. This is merely the time in which science has caught up by actually showing it through independent studies.
While the problem may be that many healthy foods actually contain fewer calories than their labels suggest, meaning that people may be eating less than they think, this is still a problem. The reason is that if you eat too few calories, your body could slip into “starvation mode” and your metabolism will slow down. This means that despite all of your hard work, you may not receive the results that you are expecting.
So what can you do instead? Use calories only as a guideline, not an entire diet program. Learn more about what your foods contain, aside from calorie content. Get to know about sugar, fiber, fat, protein, carbs, and other components of your food. After all, the odds are that even if you were recording every single calorie that you were eating, you may have been off the mark a little bit, anyway. You could have been off with your portion. Perhaps your apple may have been slightly larger or smaller than the standard against which its calorie content was measured.
The idea is that the numbers on the labels aren’t enough to completely derail all of your dieting efforts. You need to focus on the fact that calories can help you to track your foods but they are not the only thing that you can track to ensure you will continue to lose weight. Moreover, if you continue to work on improving your fitness, then you’ll increase your calorie burning results, anyway!