counting_calories Paying attention to your calorie intake will not get you very far unless you pay attention to the structure of energy your body requires.

Too many diets out there suggest all the different ways to lose weight. More or less they all suggest control of your calorie intake. Plain and simple, a calorie is a measure of energy we get from food. Average person needs between 2,000 and 2,500 calories a day though these needs are individual and you can calculate them.

When we intake more calories than we spend, this “extra energy” gets stored in our bodies resulting in body weight. Then weight loss seems pretty simple: you just eat less than you spend and all should be fine, right? Unfortunately, it’s bit more complicated than that.

Other than just counting the calories, we also need to look into their source. In order to function properly, our bodies need sufficient number of calories from different food groups. Though number of calories does represent potential energy we give our bodies, this isn’t necessarily the kind of energy our body needs. So, if you intend on having a diet that will cut your calories by eating only lettuce over a period of time it will fire back soon after you see first results and return to your normal eating habits.

In order to function properly, our body needs carbohydrates, fat and protein in certain proportions to each other. In other words, your plate of 500 calories should have roughly about 225 Cal of carbohydrates, 150 Cal of fats, and 125 Cal of protein. Don’t get alarmed that we use words such are fats and carbohydrates. Even though they have bad reputation in dieting industry they are our body’s necessity. Carbohydrates fuel our muscles, organs and brain while fat provides energy for micro-processes in our body and protects our internal organs.

If we eat a diet that significantly lacks in one type of food, our body will reach for the storage and fuel itself. This can cause weight loss and we’ll be happy for a while. However, you’d be emptying one storage and as soon as you return to your normal diet, your body will make a primary goal filling this storage back because it’s part of our survival mechanism. Meanwhile, you might have been filling other storages more as all the energy we consumed and didn’t spend gets stored. That’s how we end up gaining more weight after dieting. This phenomenon is called yo yo effect.

If we want to lose weight permanently, we don’t need a restrictive diet. We should give our bodies what they need in terms of amount and structure of energy, and then go just a bit under in order to maintain our base metabolic rate (BMR) without lowering its efficiency.

This sounds like a bit of math, but it’s actually good news. You don’t need to starve yourself, you just need to see the structure and energy value of the food you’re already eating and divide it into delicious meals that supply your body and invite your storage to contribute just enough to see steady progress.

Still weight loss is a process, and controlling your calories might not be a primary challenge we’re facing. Scientific research shows that being stressed over prolonged periods of time makes it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it. There are also emotional and behavioral aspects to our eating habits. We’ll make sure to give you some useful tips about that. Meanwhile you can find the answers in clever, educational and practically structured book “Diet! No thanks, I’d rather lose weight” that follows the process step-by-step giving excellent self-searching tools and examples of making your own healthy-eating charts.