Is counting calories to determine caloric intake and expenditure really necessary to lose or gain weight?
Don't waste your time getting wrapped around the axle tracking caloric intake and expenditure. Unless you're a seasoned bodybuilder or fitness competitor, paying particular attention to how many calories you consume and burn is not necessary. Why? Because most of the data of calorie values on food labels and published literature is inaccurate.
Here are factors that cause errors in calorie intake:
BOTTOM LINE: Tracking caloric intake and expenditure is, in most instances, not necessary. Most people are not bodybuilders nor fitness competitors and therefore do not need to track every morsel of food that passes their lips. Likewise, no need to be obsessed with how many calories you burn. Tracking caloric intake and expenditure is imprecise and variable. It is not an exact science. Rather than being overly concerned with the absolute calorie values, it would be more wise to be aware of the relative calorie values. If you're trying to lose weight, eat 250 calories less from your baseline caloric intake per week. If you're trying to gain weight, eat 250 calories more from your baseline caloric intake per week. The important thing is that you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and enjoy life.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.