I think that counting calories is very important. 3,500 unused calories = 1 pound of weight gain. So if a person eats 2500 calories a day and only burns 1,000 there is a 1500 carry over. So, the next day the caloric totals are 4,000 ( gotta add the ones we didnt burn) and if 1,000 are burned…now we have a carry over of 3,000 calories….So the 3rd day we eat 2500 calories burn 1000 and now have 4,500 unburned calories…see that's how easy it is to put on 2-3 lbs a week. <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’blink.gif’ />
And believe me…it's real easy to eat 3, 500 calories in a day….or even in a meal at like Mc Donald's.
Of course, certain types of calories are metabolized by the body more efficiently and faster…but the bottom line is input/output. Exercise is a key because it helps burn calories. Food intake is a key because of the total calories…I have noticed that foods that are labelled “lowfat” are high in sugar. And….the calories, in many instances, are more than regular versions of the product…or not significantly less. And yes, sugars and fatty foods have the most calories. <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ />
That's why I have a tough time with the fad diets like Atkins, etc. I know that these diets manipulate metabolism, calories and exercise (take note…they all mention exercise), However, the more restrictive a diet, the faster it has to work because the norm is not that diet…in fact…people get very sick and body organs can be damaged if fad diets are prolonged.
However, cutting out sugars and fats is OK. I have read that we get enough fat to metabolize fat soluble vitamins so staying away from fatty foods is a good thing.
Bottom line is weight loss (dieting) is temporary but keeping the weight off takes a change in life style. That's why “diets” only work for a awhile because many people go back to their old ways after losing the weight…not realizing that it comes back…(again calories that aren't burned).
And the age factor and genes….those things are paramount when it comes to weight loss and gain.
I do best when I count calories….one would be amazed how many calories are in little things…. <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’blink.gif’ /> I will admit that I have a tough time giving up sweets…have done real well with the fatty foods, though. <img src='style_emoticons//biggrin.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’biggrin.gif’ />
I guess for me…fighting weight gain has always been a way of life since my teens and now that I am in my late forties (yikes..did I just admit my age!) it is very hard to lose weight.
I guess each person has to find what works for him/her and just have at it.
OK…thats my 50 cents worth. <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />