Dave Hargreaves Personal Training

IIFYM, Flexible Dieting & Personal Training at Doherty's Gym, Brunswick

Dave Hargreaves Personal Training

IIFYM, Flexible Dieting & Personal Training at Doherty's Gym, Brunswick

No calorie counting!

No calorie counting!

I was thinking about calorie counting and in particular these diet and weight loss programs and websites that use “no calorie counting” as a selling point.

As you might expect I have quite a bit to say on the matter. Like, why would “no calorie counting” be a good thing?

Number one…

Lets not forget what year we are living in. It’s 2012, people. Even though for some reason that will never to be explained to MY satisfaction we still do not have hover boards and stuff like that, we’re living in an age of super advanced technology. Back in the early 90s I started my previous career running mainframe computers worth millions of dollars that took up an entire room bigger than my current home. Enormous things and like I said, literally worth millions.

Guess what? You’re probably carrying around a computer like 8 million times more powerful in your pocket right now. Maybe you’re reading this blog on one. I’m talking about your smart phone, if you couldn’t guess. You should know there are some great apps available that will track your calorie consumption for you all automatically. All you have to do is tell it what you ate / are planning to eat and it just pulls all the data from… somewhere. It’s like magic I tell you. I’m pretty sure this technology must have come from a captured alien spaceship or something.

Anyway my point is; THE FUTURE IS NOW, amazing technology is available at your fingertips and lets face it, we all like playing with our phones right? So.. calorie counting is now the easiest thing in the world and you have no reason to avoid doing it.

Point number two.

I’m thinking… not everyone needs to count calories. Some people just get it right by intuition, or whatever. If you’re in a healthy weight range, I say just keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing (as far as food goes) and start hitting the gym for some resistance training.

For the rest of us though… look. If you’re overweight, I’m 99% sure that it’s due to consuming too many calories. It doesn’t necessary mean gluttony and constantly pigging out on junk, either. You might only be a few hundred calories over what you should be consuming, and gradually over time it can lead to some SERIOUS weight gain. So, when you decide to go on a “diet”, you have no idea how far you should cut back – and let’s not forget that under-eating is arguably just as bad for your health as over-eating. And when you come OFF the diet, then what? Back to over eating again with your old habits? So the weight just comes back anyway?

Clearly this is no good.

We can’t all be fortunate enough to be born with great intuition when it comes to how much to eat. But, anyone can learn what their requirements are, and how to meet them. Once you’ve learned that… you’re not going to have to keep performing that dreadful arduous task of telling your phone app what meals you ate that day, so… that’s sure to free up like 5 minutes of your time. More importantly you will have acquired the skills and knowledge you need to maintain your goal weight range FOR LIFE.

Surely that’s a better option than just blindly following someone else’s meal plan, and ending up none the wiser?

This is what my new “No Bullshit, No Excuses” program will cover in greater detail. Stay tuned, it is coming very soon!

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