Why I Don't Believe In Counting Macronutrients Or Calories

Hey everyone, happy Wednesday!

This week while chatting it up in the wide, wonderful world of Instagram, I came across a post from a woman talking about how she had finally stopped counting macronutrients and about how incredibly freeing it felt. That post has really resonated with me for a few reasons, first off I was so insanely proud of her (quantifying every single bite of food is exhausting and an easy way to develop a negative food obsession), secondly because I've totally been there… 

Growing up I always ate healthily, my entire family cooked from scratch and grew fruits/veggies at home, so I pretty much ate a little of everything and never felt too concerned by the specific numerics within my diet, and was always able to maintain a healthy body weight.
However a few years back, while finishing my nutritional education at SAIT Polytechnic I was offered a job and started working for a well known weight loss company. Dedicated to supporting my clients and helping them achieve success, I decided to start focusing on my dietary intake the way they would be - which meant eating (or not eating) very restrictive and specific foods while keeping incredibly detailed track of everything that went into my body. 
Although on a general scale keeping track of food choices is hugely beneficial let me be really specific here, it's the intensely detailed and numeric based tracking/planning that caused me to develop an obsession with my weight and caloric intake that quickly became overwhelming. I mean like to the point where I counted every calorie, macronutrient, and weighed myself anywhere from 3-7 times each day!  

Kind of crazy to think about right?  Well, it was for me when I realized that my obsession wasn't healthy, and that there was WAY more to life than focusing on the mathematics behind every single sip or bite that I took in a day!  

So here is WHY I don't believe in counting every calorie and/or macronutrient

  • It can quickly and easily lead you down a slippery slope of obsession
  • When focusing on mathematics, proper nutritional balance is often overlooked
  • It seriously takes WAY more time than it is worth
  • Macronutrients and calories are important, but they are only a small part of the equation, and therefore alone they are not the exclusive, be all / end all of health and nutrition 

 

Do you or someone you know need help overcoming an obsession with the numerics behind your foods? Well I've got you covered here with my e-course and personalized nutritional coaching sessions. 

That's All for today, so until next week, 
-A

 

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