Is Calorie Counting an Effective Weight
What’s the point of eating healthy, when all weight loss boils down to is expending more calories than you take in? True, but there is a problem when the calculations you’re using may be wrong!
According to MailOnline.com, calorie counting is ‘deeply flawed’ and possibly, inaccurate by a whopping 25%! Apparently, the current calculations for the amount of calories in fats, proteins and carbohydrates were put together 100 years ago by an agricultural farmer who basically bombed different foods and measured the energy released from the heat produced. Scientists not only believe that the calorie calculations are slightly incorrect, but have also criticized that humans do not consume food by spontaneous combustion, which skew these calculations even further.
Then there’s also the problem of the types of foods you eat. You could eat unhealthy foods (refined grains and sugars and saturated fats, for example) in limited amounts and still lose weight because you’re not meeting your daily calorie requirement per day. Although you may lose weight, eating these types of foods could lead to a host of health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Calorie counting is therefore approximate at best, as well as potentially unhealthy.