Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Check the label for "calories from fat."
Unfortunately it is a little more than just counting calories, since fat content does play a role in being healthy. As do protein, carbs, and sugars.
The reason the food pyramid is set up as it is, is because we need a good mix of foods. Generally speaking, when someone is "counting calories" it is because they are eating too much of one thing, or just too much in general. Those foods that are high calorie, such as cookies and chips, lack any other nutrients needed for our bodies. Thus when counting calories, you cannot eat as much of those foods, since they are high in calories. This covers part of the picture of health, but not all. You can eat only 2000 calories a day, but if it is all hot dogs, then it doesn't necessarily mean its healthy, or that it will help you lose weight.
A balanced diet consists of SERVING SIZE portions, and lots of water, fruit, and veggies. This, balanced with proteins and carbohydrates, is what makes a diet healthy. Controlling portion sizes, not eating til you are "stuffed", and cutting out empty calories is much better for you than just cutting calories altogether.
So in a word, yes, it is more than just counting calories. Where those calories come from is important as well. Although counting calories alone is better than just eating whatever.
When I "diet" I count calories, as well as fat content and carbohydrates. I make sure to have a protein source, and plenty of fruits and veggies. I choose water instead of soda or sugary drinks, and go for walks or runs to keep active.
Another thing to consider is that almost everything is okay in moderation. Cookies are not evil, but choose to have 2, not 12. Same with sugars and soda, etc. Choose a small amount to satisfy yourself, and it will be much more sustainable than cutting out those foods in the long run.
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