Do you count calories on low carb? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean calories cease to exist entirely. Here’s what you need to know about when to count calories on low carb!
We’ve heard the “calories in versus calories out” mantra for years, so when we think of losing weight, we think of counting calories. While some maintain that low carb works by limiting the number of calories we eat, that’s not entirely accurate. Studies have demonstrated people are able to eat more calories on a low carb diet than other eating plans and still lose weight. How is that possible? Because the mechanisms in our body that regular metabolism and weight are not nearly as simplistic as popular wisdom would suggest.
That doesn’t mean a free-for-all binge fest on low carb but high-calorie foods will still result in weight loss, however. Too much of those calorically dense foods–like nuts, heavy cream or cheese–will stall weight loss efforts. Think of calories as one factor in the overall picture, not the ONLY factor and you’ll be on the right track. If you’d like a better understanding of how weight loss works (or doesn’t), I recommend the book “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.”
So the answer to the question, “Do I count calories on low carb?” is simple: Count calories if you want to or are having trouble losing weight without counting them. If you don’t want to and all is well otherwise, no need!
Do you count calories on your low carb plan? Why or why not?
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