Meet Jill (not her real name) from Fulham
In Jills case, she was tracking her calories with myfitnesspal, and training 3 times a week at the gym.
Why didn’t it work? Well Jill was was mostly sticking to her calorie goal, so she was confused why she wasn’t losing weight.
She also was finding it hard to get to the gym, it was taking her around 2-3 hours each time, by the time she got there, got changed, trained, showered, got ready, drive home, I’m tired thinking about it. We fixed this, but we haven’t got time for that today!
Back to the calories. Jill was sticking to the 1600 a day calorie target she was set. She would carefully balance her day, and if she had a few hundred spare, she would have a sneaky biscuit, or popcorn, because, she had the calories to spare.
I bet you have done that yourself too right?
For some people, counting calories works. They lose weight. Great. But A LOT of people don’t.
There are 2 big reasons why counting calories doesn’t work, here goes.
So you’re left not really knowing what’s good, bad, and if you are allowed it. I’ve seen it so many times, without the trusted tool of a calorie counter, people go off the rails because they haven’t got their guide telling them what they can do.
This leads me to my next issue.
You may have heard in the past, but all calories aren’t equal. Let’s look at a chocolate bar, compared with an orange. Calories wise, pretty much the same. Nutritional content, and impact on your body? HUGE difference.
You have to look past the initial calorie, it’s about the ingredients, and the further impact that food will have for you. We’re talking your energy levels, your hormones, your mood, your hunger later that day, your overall health.
Nuts and Seeds are high calorie items, so are often avoided on a calorie counting plan, replaced by an artificial rice cake with sweetener. The nuts and seeds would have enabled you to burn your excess body fat, given you more energy, and helped with glowing skin. The rice cake... not sure what good that does other than perhaps distract you for a minute.
Just because you stay under your calorie allowance, doesn’t automatically give you the right to lose weight and be healthy.
Well for me, it’s about filling your body with the foods that turn you into a super hero, and cutting out the foods that kill you. To get long term results, you have to be behind your choices and know the reasons you’re eating the way you are. If you’re out shopping, you should be able to work out what you should eat. You’re thinking past the initial moment, and further into how it will impact you later that day.
So ditch the fitness trackers for the next 28 days. Learn about the foods which will help you become the best version of you, and be in control over how you look, how you feel and who you are.
Feel free to jump back on the trackers when you have learnt about the food your tracking, and use it to perfect your diet even more. I have used myfitnesspal in the past, and think it's great if used correctly.
P.S If you’re looking for some help, get in touch, we would love to get you on track and create a plan that works for you.