Calorie Counting: Eat Real Food and Don’t Worry

Posted on Jan 26 2011 - 3:56am by Mike Lieberman

Last week the Eatocracy section of posted an article titled – Study shows people don’t give a crap how many calories they eat.

The results of a study showed that, “Posting calories on menus has little effect on what customers buy, according to a recent study.”

Besides the fact that it’s slightly awesome that CNN put the word “crap” in their headline, I think that calorie counting in and of itself is a bunch of crap.

If you eat real whole foods, you won’t have to worry about calories. Ok, let me rephrase that because it’s not just about eating real whole foods. It’s about being active as well.

Sitting around in front of your computer or on the couch all day isn’t going to help. So if you eat real food, remain steadily active, then I don’t think that obesity and being overweight should really be that much of an issue.

My girlfriend used to be overweight and she tried nearly every diet out there. She was on Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Zone, Isagenix and the list goes on.

None of them worked. They weren’t sustainable. She cut out the processed foods and began to eat more whole foods. She dropped 30 lbs.

She remains active through yoga and other exercises, but that kind of lifestyle is sustainable. It doesn’t come to an end. It’s part of the journey.

Same thing goes for being active. You don’t need a fancy gym membership. There are plenty of body weight exercises that you can do. Check out my boy Al Kavadlo for some tips on that.

Growing your own helps with that because you are taking care of your mind, body and planet when you are in the garden. You are moving around. You are connecting with the earth.

To conclude – eat real whole foods that you can recognize the ingredients. No ingredients is even better because it’s a whole food. Keep active and you won’t need to count the calories.

You know what else..start growing some of your own food too.

What’s your thoughts on calorie counting?