In theory, calorie counting looks so simple, and an ideal way to lose weight. Most people believe that the quickest path to lose weight is to cut way back on calories each day. Just keep your calories around 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and you will peel off that layer of fat in a jiffy! If only it were that simple. Calorie counting can actually end up being dangerous, as extremely motivated people, normally teens, will keep lowering their daily allotment of calories until it is well below 1000, and they suddenly find themselves with anorexia nervosa.
Counting calories makes you focus too much on the food that you are eating. If you want to keep up with the numbers correctly, you are going to have to write down what you eat, the amount, and the calorie count. But the worst thing about calorie counting is this! Calorie counting will eventually slow down your metabolism. When this happens, your body is not going to burn as many calories for energy, so any of them that are in excess will be converted by the body for storage as fat!
A dieter who is determined to lose weight is going to stick pretty closely to the calorie count he or she has determined is proper according to a chart they found either in a book or on the Internet. This is usually a pretty low number. As the days go by, the body gets used to this lowered calorie amount. Actually, it thinks it is starving! So, the body self-adjusts to this number in order to protect itself. And, you don’t lose one bit of weight! This is why most starvation dieters cannot make the scale go down anymore after just two weeks of dieting. They all hit a “plateau” where the scale just refuses to go down any further, no matter how little they are eating each day.
Now you know why you’ve always failed when trying to starve yourself in the past, since it’s just not possible to lose weight by starving yourself. Serious weight loss can never be achieved by starvation dieting. Serious weight loss can only be achieved by giving your body the right types of calories at the correct times each day. It is called CALORIE SHIFTING. It is a fantastic way for you to fool your metabolism, by not taking in the same amount of calories every day, the metabolism does not adjust to any certain level, and you can lose weight!