The Truth About Counting Calories And Weight Loss

Written by Tom Venuto

Copyright 2005 Tom Venuto

Do calories matter or do you simply need to eat certain foods and that will guarantee you’ll lose weight? Should you count calories or can you just count “portions?” Is it necessary to keep a food diary? Is it unrealistic to count calories forrepparttar rest of your life or is that just part ofrepparttar 138651 price you pay for a better body?

You’re about to learnrepparttar 138652 answers to these questions and discover a simple solution for keeping track of your food intake without having to crunch numbers every day or become a fanatic about your food.

In many popular diet books, “Calories don’t count” is a frequently repeated theme. Other popular programs, such as Bill Phillip's "Body For Life," allude torepparttar 138653 importance of energy intake versus energy output, but recommend that you count “portions” rather than calories…

Phillips wrote,

"There aren't many people who can keep track of their calorie intake for an extended period of time. As an alternative, I recommend counting 'portions.' A portion of food is roughly equal torepparttar 138654 size of your clenched fist orrepparttar 138655 palm of your hand. Each portion of protein or carbohydrate typically contains between 100 and 150 calories. For example, one chicken breast is approximately one portion of protein, and one medium-sized baked potato is approximately one portion of carbohydrate."

Phillips makes a good point that trying to count every single calorie - inrepparttar 138656 literal sense - can drive you crazy and is probably not realistic as a lifestyle forrepparttar 138657 long term. It's one thing to count portions instead of calories – that is at least acknowledgingrepparttar 138658 importance of portion control. However, it's another altogether to deny that calories matter.

Yes, calories do count! Any diet program that tells you, "calories don't count" or you can "eat all you want and still lose weight" is a diet you should avoid. The truth is, that line is a bunch of baloney designed to make a diet sound easier to follow. Anything that sounds like work – such as counting calories, eating less or exercising, tends to scare away potential customers! Butrepparttar 138659 law of calorie balance is an unbreakable law of physics: Energy in versus energy out dictates whether you will gain, lose or maintain your weight. Period.

I believe that it's very important to develop an understanding of and a respect for portion control andrepparttar 138660 law of calorie balance I also believe it's an important part of nutrition education to learn how many calories are inrepparttar 138661 foods you eat on a regular basis – including (and perhaps, especially) how many calories are inrepparttar 138662 foods you eat when you dine at restaurants.

Fitness Wars: Revenge Of The Girth

Written by Aaron Potts

As ofrepparttar writing of this article, May 16, 2005, we are all almost 5 months into our New Year's Resolutions.

Are you skinny yet?

Did you find your six-pack?

Does your butt look like you wanted it to in those jeans?

For a lot of you,repparttar 138635 answers to these questions are going to be "No, No, and, I tookrepparttar 138636 jeans back torepparttar 138637 store".

Why? You are a victim ofrepparttar 138638 Fitness Wars, that's why. Your Girth is winning out over your Resolution, and you are probably more frustrated now than you were when you started!

Is there some master conspiracy that is keeping you from getting in shape? Dorepparttar 138639 rules of energy in vs. energy out not apply to you? Are you in a fat-loss vacuum whererepparttar 138640 normal laws of weight loss don't work?

Of course not. Yet, you still can't loserepparttar 138641 bodyfat, and it is likely because you are simply confused.

If you are like most people, you have gotten fitness advice fromrepparttar 138642 radio, TV, friends, family members, magazines, maybe even a Personal Trainer. Who hadrepparttar 138643 most to gain from giving you fitness advice?

The radio, TV, magazines, and even your trainer are all interested in getting paid for handing out advice to you. Does that make themrepparttar 138644 most qualified to help you? Withrepparttar 138645 possible exception of your personal trainer, no, it really doesn't.

What about your friends and family? Let's answer this question first: Wasrepparttar 138646 person who gave yourepparttar 138647 advice in good shape? If not, thenrepparttar 138648 point of that question should be clear!

Fitness Wars - all of these different people and agencies trying to get you to do something or buy something.

How about a little thing that some people like to call "Back to Basics"? Prepare Thyself! You are about to be shownrepparttar 138649 true secrets to fitness success!!

1. Proper Nutrition. For those of you who don't know what that is, a good rule of thumb is that if man made it, don't eat it! If that isn't enough information for you, then consult a professional nutritionist, or do free research online. If you pay a professional, make sure they are properly credentialed. If you dorepparttar 138650 research yourself, don't believe what you find if that site is obviously more interested in your money than in your health.

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