Counting Calories May Not Be A Good Choice
For anyone who has attempted weight loss, counting calories have likely played a role. While it’s true that a person must burn more calories than they consume to drop pounds, new research says that calorie counts may not be as vital as once thought. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity reports that all calories might not have the same impact and that the estimation of calorie counts can often be skewed.
The authors of the research have found that calories from different foods are metabolized differently in the body, which can play a role in how successful a person is at losing excess weight. For example, foods that are low in calories, but high in sugar can cause an insulin spike, messing with how the body burns calories. On the other hand, a nutritious meal can boost the calorie burning process, helping a dieter burn more after finishing a meal.
This information can revolutionize how medical experts help their patients lose weight. By fully understanding calories and how the body uses them, authors say that dieters will be more successful at losing weight.
In addition, the research notes that counting calories isn’t always entirely accurate. When people keep track of their exercise and eating habits, the number reported might be off. Exercise machines aren’t always correct in the number of calories burned, and overestimating or underestimating how much was eaten can alter the total calorie intake for the day. This means that counting calories may not be the end all when it comes to getting a clear picture of what’s going in and what’s going out.
Keeping track of calories is a good way for many people to train themselves when it comes to proper portion sizes and what an appropriate daily intake looks and feels like. However, the authors of the research encourage doctors and patients to come up with additional ways to drop the weight and stay healthy overall.