Counting Carbohydrates, not calories
Last night at our first annual “Supplement and Healthy Lifestyle” presentation, we mentioned that for the large majority of our members counting calories is a waste of time. Although we don’t want to persuade anyone to stop counting calories (that’s great if you do, as long as you are also counting carbohydrates), the main purpose behind that statement was to alleviate one of the biggest concerns regarding beginning a healthy lifestyle: the math of counting calories.
To elaborate on it even further, we’ll give you an example to clarify why we focus on counting carbohydrates, not calories. It’s not only easier, but it’s also more effective. Women tend to consume too many carbohydrates (good and bad), and too little protein and good fat. If a woman would just watch her carbohydrates, she would have an extremely hard time consuming too many calories per day with fats and protein.
So if our example weights 150 pounds, and we use the daily caloric intake formula from our handout of bodyweight x 10, she would need to consume 1500 calories per day. We know that each gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories. If she was limiting herself to 70g of carbohydrates per day, 280 calories each day would come from carbohydrates. That leaves 1220 calories coming from protein and fat each day. Most women I know have an extremely hard time consuming that much protein and fat on a daily basis… In fact, they would probably have to force feed themselves to consume that much fat and protein. Carbohydrates are their Achilles’ heel. Thus, I’d be willing to bet if you just watch your carbohydrates, you’ll almost always come in under your daily caloric intake. And it’s so, so much easier counting carbohydrates.