Even if you literally know nothing about losing weight, you’ve probably heard that counting calories is a thing people use to do it. While keeping track of your cals to get an estimate of exactly how much you’re eating and whether your favorite foods are keeping you from reaching your weight-loss goal (can someone get on making calorie-free wine?!), there are some serious flaws with this method of dieting, says Michelle May, M.D.
Truth: No weight loss method works for everyone. And if you’re thinking about taking the calorie tracking approach to drop a few pounds it’s definitely worth looking into the downsides before diving in headfirst.
You Lose Track Of Your Hunger Cues
When you’re counting calories, you’re sticking with a pre-prescribed amount of food per day (i.e. a calorie budget). May says this can result in not eating when you’re hungry in order to fit that cupcake into your allotted calories per day or eating even though you feel satiated so that you don’t ‘lose out’ on those calories. “This can lead to a preoccupation with food, disordered eating, orthorexia, compulsive exercising, and bingeing,” says May.
Original Article : Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work For Everyone—And What You Should Do Instead
By: DANIELLE PAGE