Evidence is now pointing towards calorie counting being flawed when it comes to dieting, they are saying that low calorie foods like white rice and potatoes are actually playing a big part in the rise in obesity. They talk about how a calories worth of salmon (protein) will affect body weight compared to a calories worth of white rice (refined carbohydrate).
I have long held this belief as how can a McDonalds be compared to a healthy balanced meal if it actually contains the same calories. That McDonalds is going to affect your body in a completely different way right? I know back in the days when I used to eat the occasional McDonalds I would feel lethargic and actually unwell afterwards, completely different to how I feel after eating a healthy clean meal even if it did contain the same calories (I have an intense dislike towards McDonalds food which I may cover another week!!!).
The article talks about this way of thinking about food shaking up the diet industry and I think it will. Over the years I myself have done various diets, I think I have probably done them all!!! I remember counting out the calories and thinking "oh I can have that bag of crisps or that chocolate because it fits into my points/calories for the day" and I wasn't really thinking about the ingredients in the food at all. In fact I remember one points based diet back in the day where I had worked it out so that I could eat a Curly Wurly every day (remember my sugar addiction that I talked about!!!)
When you stop counting calories and just eat proper food that hasn't been processed and has real ingredients in, you feel a release from that constant totting up in your head of the calories as well. Who wants to be doing a mental maths lesson every time they eat something anyway?
Have a read of the article and feel free to let me know your thoughts, are you a calorie totter up or do you just forget the calories and enjoy proper food????