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Why Counting Calories is a Gigantic Waste of Time – Wonder Fabi

First a schedule update

Before I get to this wonderful article by Wonder Fabi, I wanted to update you all on my schedule for the next month.  I’ve given this lots of thought and decided to take some time off, for next month, from writing my big blog articles.

In June, I cut my schedule in 1/2 because for a few reasons. First, my son is home for the summer, and second, my classes are getting harder, so I need extra time to study. Even after cutting my schedule in half, I am still writing 1 big article a day, along with 2 on Mondays and Fridays.

As it turns out, this is still a bit too much for me. I’m unhappy with the amount of time I’ve been able to study and spend time with my son, not to mention my disastrously messy house, among so many other things! My son goes back to school in just three weeks. So, with summer quickly coming to a close. My heart told me it’s time for a change. (I always listen to my heart)

My blog means the world to me, and, as a result, a lot of time, research, care and effort goes into every article. I want to make sure I’m giving you guys the best information I can. I was always taught that if you’re going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all.

So, for the next month, starting tomorrow,

August 9 to September 10, 2017,

my schedule will be as follows:

  • HEALTHY COOKING TIPS – Monday through Thursday mornings
  • INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES – Monday through Friday Evenings
  • MY WEEKLY FOOD JOURNAL – Every Monday evening
  • HAPPINESS IS… – Every Friday Morning
  • “Just Thought You Should Know”  on occasion
  • Have You Seen This?“. on occasion

All other

regularly scheduled articles will stop.

I will be back, per my normal schedule, on

Monday, September 11, 2017. 

Now onto the main article:

I had planned on posting a HOW TO EAT HEALTHY article on calorie counting, (and why you shouldn’t bother) today. However, one of my fellow bloggers has already eloquently written an article on just this topic.

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Fabiola from Wonder Fabi, is the mother of 3 from Mexico. Five years ago, she began her own fitness journey, with fabulous results! She changed her lifestyle from sedentary to healthy and is 55 pounds lighter. Here are some of her own thoughts about her journey:

“It’s true I don’t have six-pack abs and I still carry a belly pooch, but I am healthier and happier than I’ve ever been. I am still on the journey, and I don’t plan on giving up. Staying fit has become my new way of life!”

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Fabi has been a huge supporter of my blog, both on WordPress and social media. Before we get to her article, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. Fabi you are amazing!  Thank you so much for following me and for all of your phenomenal support!

Fabi has written a wonderful article called “WHY COUNTING CALORIES IS A GIGANTIC WASTE OF TIME”. I love it and agree, 100%, with everything she said. I will be writing another article of my own later, detailing some science behind why it doesn’t work, but, for today, I wanted to share her article with you.

HERE IT IS!

It’s often claimed you’ll lose weight if you eat fewer calories, but is this really the case? Personally, I’m not a fan of counting calories, and here’s why.

For the main article follow this link: Why Counting Calories is a Gigantic Waste of Time – Wonder Fabi

About Tamara Hoerner (1256 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

15 Comments on Why Counting Calories is a Gigantic Waste of Time – Wonder Fabi

  1. Yes! Healthy is better than worrying about calories.

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  2. Thanks for the introduction to Wonder Fabi! I completely get the whole time issues between blogging, family and in my case, a very messy house! I’m also trying to get social media going for hubby’s new small hifi business venture that he has started in order to be my carer! Then throw chronic illness flare days into the mix….it is so easy for it to all get on top of you! Anyway you are doing a fantastic job, so enjoy your summer! C x

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  3. saltandskillet // August 9, 2017 at 12:33 am // Reply

    You have such a full plate with all those posts! Spend time with your son and focus on your schooling. My school starts again in three weeks, too, and I’m sooo not looking forward to it! Wish I could blog all day every day! 😛

    Fabi wrote “Even if you dutifully count every single calorie you consume, you could be eating 20% more calories than you think. Or perhaps you could be eating 20% fewer calories, which is just as bad.” When I learned about this 20% discrepancy just about one year ago, I was shocked. That’s a huge margin of error that totally allowable!

    I have tried to manage my weight by counting calories innumerable times over the past eight years. Many times, it worked as long as I was exercising as well. Scientifically, mathematically, it should just work. But there are variables, the 20% calorie issue being one of them. There are more to just calories than their number – nutritional content is SO important. Plus – WE ARE HUMAN. We have real lives. We aren’t robots that are patient enough or emotionally stable enough to measure portion sizes and count calories all day, every day. Not to mention, it is literally the definition of a restrictive diet, which is just setting the dieter up for failure.

    Still, it’s a viable option. I never discount counting calories, because it does work. It’s just not sustainable, and I think that’s the issue. Most people don’t have the patience for it, especially if they’re not really into nutrition.

    Focusing on a plant-based diet and filling yourself with naturally low calorie food options is the best way to go for most people, I think!

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    • At the end of the day, counting calories does not work. The goal is to lose weight and keep it off. You can’t keep weight off, if you lose weight through counting calories. Counting calories also means depriving your body of calories, which in turn leads to a depressed metabolism. Counting calories is not sustainable, as you say.

      Let’s say you lose 50 pounds from counting calories and depriving yourself of food. Yes, you will eventually lose those 50 pounds. But, what most people are unaware of, you’ve destroyed our metabolism in the process. The human body’s built in anti-starvation mechanisms kick in during your diet. Your metabolism slows to a crawl to save every ounce of fat it can. After you go off the diet, your body will hoard every calorie it can, to protect itself the next time it senses starvation, and do so until it’s gained back all the wait, plus a bit extra.

      I concur that a mostly plant based diet is key. However, not all healthy plants are naturally low in calories, such as nuts and other forms of healthy fat.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I truly appreciate your phenomenal words. I love when people give me their viewpoints and feedback.

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    • Also, thank you so much for your kind words about spending time with my son. We’ve had lots of fun so far. I will work in as much time with him as possible! Thanks again for your beautiful words. 😊🙏

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  4. Hi. Just wanted to say that I totally agree with everything you just commented. As I always say, calories count, but don’t count calories. I am a dietetics student and I have counted calories in the past, and I found several issues with that approach and I don’t think it’s necessary in order to stay healthy, as it can lead to unhealthy behavior. I actually wrote a blogpost about this topic recently. Feel free to check in out on my blog! I’d love to hear your thoughts. https://theartsypalate.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/calories-count-but-dont-count-calories/

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