I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis. I read mostly weight loss, fitness, healthy lifestyle blogs. I’ve learned so much from reading these blogs and I continue to learn everyday. There are two themes that seem to be present in each blog: 1) everyone has their own way of doing things and 2) you gotta do what works for you. This is very important and what this post is focused on.
I read blogs that run the gamut in regards to opinions about weight loss and health. There are a few blogs that I read that are primal/paleo diet focused. I commend these people for being able to start and stick to such an eating regiment…unfortunately, it seems these people are food snobs. I don’t mean to generalize, but all of the bloggers I’ve read on the subject present themselves as people who look down at calorie counters and try to explain why calorie counting doesn’t work. Take this “why
I’m not calling the author out, I’m sure hes a nice guy. And I know he’s just trying to better himself, but I think his opinion of calorie counting is way off base. My guess is that he tried counting calories and failed so he went in a different direction. I commend him for that. I could never go primal/paleo. But he shouldn’t count out those of us who have succeed counting calories. I used Primal Toad in this article because his article is the most recent I read on the subject. But there are hundreds of articles and books stating the same thing. Take Gary Taubes and Robb Wolf for example. The paleo people worship these two guys and say “see, you don’t have to count calories.” All they did is find a way that worked for them, threw some science around it and published a book. There is quite a bit of science to calories in/calories out as well. Just because it doesn’t work for all doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.
People like my friends Miller and Shack. Both of these guys have lost a lot of weight and kept it off by counting calories. People like all of Weight Watchers. Sure they use points, but its just another way to count calories. There is a large and supportive community using LoseIt! Check out some of the success stories and tell me it doesn’t work. Take a gander at this Twitter search and tell me counting calories doesn’t work. Again, just because it doesn’t work for all doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.
Counting calories can be a little tedious at times, but no more tedious than making all meals primal or paleo or south beach or “x” diet. Once you make it a habit and part of your life, it becomes second nature and not something I consider a task or tedious. If you try any diet and you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. I don’t care if its called paleo or primal or whatever. If you eat more than you burn, you’re gonna get fat. Can we agree on that?
The main point that I’d like to make is that if someone is looking to lose weight, they need to do what works for them. If paleo works for them, awesome! If primal works for them, fantastic! If South Beach works for them, super! If counting calories works for them, great! Start the journey and find out what works. When you find it, dedicated yourself to it, go after it with vigor and passion and you will get the results you desire. But please don’t tell me that what I do doesn’t work for me. I have the results to prove that it does.