Continuing on the countdown of my top 10 reasons why you may want to work with a health coach, number 9 is a biggie...
I'm tired of counting calories, feeling hungry all the time and not seeing results
A calorie is a unit of energy derived from food. The number of calories in a food do not tell us whether that food is nutritious. Counting calories may help you put a limit to how much potential energy you consume, but this piece of data alone does not tell us whether we’ll be satiated, whether we are consuming vital nutrients, whether we’ll be left with vigor or fatigue. And while there is some truth in the old “calories in, calories out” adage when it comes to the early stages of weight loss, consuming a magic number of calories does not guarantee that you will lose weight. In fact, our bodies adapt to calorie restriction, meaning you’ll have to eat less and less to see continued weight loss results if restriction is your method of choice. Not to mention, food deprivation often leads to a binge, then guilt, then further deprivation, and on and on and on….
So why is calorie counting so popular? I’ll posit that we have lost touch with our bodies’ signals. More often than not, we eat out of habit habit and for pleasure, not out of hunger. We don’t recognize the signs of satiety, either, so relying on calorie counting to tell us “how much we can get away with.”
I’m proud that a huge part of my work has centered around reforming my clients’ relationships with food, and I welcome the opportunity to work with you, too. Get back in touch with the signals that your body is sending to you and you can ditch calorie counting forever. Learn to feel hunger and to recognize satiety without relying on a calorie counter.