Calories count, but counting calories? Part 2 [Infographic]
Part 2: Calories Out
Compiled by Dean Carlson, Pn2. Infographic created by John Berardi Ph.D. and Helen Kollias Ph.D.
In Part 1, we talked about how "calorie math" doesn't always add up. This article looks at why accurate counting can be so complicated, and gives 4 reasons why daily activity tracking and trying to count the calories we burn on a daily basis isn't as straightforward as it seems.
It's a question I get asked a lot by clients in our gyms. "How many calories does an average workout burn?"
The reason for the query is they want to plug my answer into fitness tracker software, in order to calculate how many calories they are burning daily, and thus how many calories they should be eating.
If it were only that easy. There are SO many factors that go into determining energy expenditure accurately, and unless you are measuring factors such as carbon dioxide output for the duration of training, you just aren't going to get a reliable number.
In my experience, most of the clients that try to track calories eventually get tired of doing so, or frustrated because it's not "working".
Fortunately you don't HAVE to measure calories in and out all the time, if at all. The infographic below tells you some of the challenges with counting calories, as well as an alternative method to energy balance that you carry with you all the time. Simple!
Download your own printer and tablet version friendly copy of the infographic to pass around or keep for reference.
Ever wonder why you track so carefully but you STILL can't lose weight? No matter how good fitness trackers are, they can't compete with reality. The most important measurement is the outcome you are getting from your current plan. If the results you are getting are moving you in the direction of your goals, stick with it. If not, it's time to do something different.
Want more nutrition know-how?
As I am sure I don't have to remind you, nailing our nutrition down is not as easy as "experts on the interweb" want you to think.
At The Grateful Plate, we work closely with our coaching clients to help them understand what is holding them back, and guiding them to building great eating skills and the habits to get lean, once and for all. When you are ready to take the next step, please reach out and let's talk.