Why counting calories might not be good
Scientists are stressing on the importance of eating healthy and nutritious food, rather than counting calories to avoid obesity and the risk of developing other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart-related complications.
Cutting down the calories might lead to nutrient deficiencies and muscle loss, which can be severe as the base for several health-related issues. Besides, it may also lead to malnutrition. Eating a nutrient-rich, well-balanced diet is always better than counting calories.
Evidence supporting the claim
As per a study carried out by the researchers at Stanford University, no significant change in the weight was found between a healthy low-fat diet and a healthy low-carbohydrate diet.
In a 12-month long weight loss study, carried out on 609 individuals, it was found that having whole and unprocessed food items without worrying about the calorie intake resulted in similar weight loss for people following both diets.
Should you stop counting calories
Creating a calorie deficit is essential for weight loss. There is no other way around it. But the study says to focus on what you eat is more important than how much you eat.
For healthy weight loss, one needs to focus on getting a sufficient amount of carbs, protein and fat instead of just counting calories. Like for breakfast, if you grab a protein bar that will help you maintain your calorie intake but will also deprive you of other nutrients, which will slow down your metabolism and will make you weak. Eating nutrient-rich food will keep your energy and will help you burn fat. Remember that your goal should be to lose weight, without compromising your health.