7 Reasons Why Counting Every *Calorie* Won’t Help In Losing Weight!
By- Shreya Sharma
If you are hitting the gym or keeping a count check on your calorie intake to get a fit and toned body? Here is news for you that keeping a check on your calorie intake will not going to help you lose weight. Here are the reasons why counting every calorie will not help in losing weight.
You cannot accurately measure your food
When we are asked about the food we ate, we underestimate what we consume. We are not even sure what is added to the food we eat and sometimes even the plate size is different. And you cannot weight your food everywhere.
All calories are not the same
One hundred calories from protein results in a dramatically different hormonal effect than eating 100 calories from carbohydrate, when protein is ingested, it stimulates the production of hormones that help reduce appetite whereas carbohydrate shuts down the body’s ability to burn fat and increases fat storage. You can see the difference.
The body does not lose only fat when it loses weight
The body also loses water and muscles. Muscle burns about three times more calories than fat. By shedding fat and maintaining, or even increasing muscle, the reduction in metabolic rate can be minimized.
Metabolic rate drops when calorie intake drops
To lose weight, people eat fewer calories and they usually see a plateau in weight loss. They need to eat even less to see continued weight loss. Then the body’s metabolism adjusts and weight loss slows again.
We cannot accurately measure our daily calorie expenditure
Even the recent technologies cannot measure our daily calorie expenditure. Even the more you engage in exercise, the more are the chances that you will be less active in the day which cancels out your calorie-burning advantages.
As you get in better shape, you burn fewer calories at the same relative intensity
Losing weight can make these and other activities and exercises easier, but the body also becomes more efficient with movement over time. Muscles better coordinate and energy is generated more efficiently. As a result, the body may burn fewer calories to carry out the same activity.
Hormones regulate metabolic rate
While cortisol levels are elevated, testosterone levels may fall. Falling testosterone makes it difficult to recover from workouts and can lead to a reduced motivation to exercise. Low testosterone also makes it difficult to build or maintain muscle.