In the End, It All Comes Down to the Calories

In the End, It All Comes Down to the Calories

It is a widely held belief that calories do not count, or are of only minor importance when it comes to fat loss. I’m here to tell you: Calories are not only important, they are everything. I don’t care what diet you’re following, if you’re looking to burn fat, you must burn more calories in a give time period than you take on. Unfortunately there are all to many diets on the market with authors telling us to forget about keeping track of calories. It’s not necessary, they say.

Years ago they told us that as long as we kept our fat intake to a minimum (the infamous low-fat diet), we could lose weight-even while eating as many carbohydrate-rich foods as we wanted. And millions of people bought it. The expert’s argument was logical: a gram of dietary fat contained over twice as a gram of carbohydrate or protein.Unfortunately, the low-fat craze blew up in the expert’s faces-we know today it didn’t work. 30 years of low-fat craze have produced the fattest population this planet has ever seen.

Realizing the low-fat craze was a myth, people started turning towards the polar opposite: the low-carb diet. The so-called experts said, “Hey all you dieters out there, counting calories is really not necessary. Counting grams of carbohydrates is the way to go.” Beginning in the late 90′s, “gurus” like Dr. Atkins started selling books like crazy. Others soon followed. Critics of the Atkins Nutritional Approach say that because the diet lacks carbohydrates for fuel, it triggers the body’s production of large amounts of ketone bodies. This, in turn, produces ketosis. And symptoms of ketosis include nausea, dehydration, constipation or diarrhea and, if that is not enough, bad breath. Atkins, while alive, claimed that his eating plan causes no adverse side effects. Yet many health care organizations disagree with his recommendations.

What’s more, both offices of Atkins and Dr. Arthur Agathon, another low-carb advocate, and author of the South Beach Diet, have taken heat from an increasing number of dieters saying they were unable to lose weight with the programs. The problem? According to a USA Today report, “Dieters are eating too many of these new low-carb protein bars, muffins and brownie mixes, which are low in carbohydrates but often high in calories.”

Make no mistake, if you want to burn fat, and do it consistently over time, then you must consume fewer calories than your body burns. There are only two ways to do this: reduce your caloric intake or expend calories through physical activity. All the fancy diet plans in the world won’t change this basic natural law of the human body.

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