Challenge Forum: A MONTH ON OUR CHALLENGE! - " COUNTING CALORIES OR LOW CARB?"

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cinnamoneyes

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 00:56
Hi there everyone

Congratulations to each one following our challenge - we have been on this journey for a month!

1. COUNTING CALORIES?
The main advantage of low carb diets is that they cause you to want to eat less. Even without counting calories most overweight people eat far fewer calories on low carb. Sugar and starch may increase your hunger, avoiding it may decrease your appetite to an adequate level. If your body wants to eat a suitable number of calories you don’t need to bother counting them. Thus: Calories count, but this challenge is ultimately about LOW CARBS not LOW CALORIES.

2. BURNING MORE CALORIES!
Scientific studies prove that people on a low carb diet - burn approximately 300 additional calories per day.

3. FAT FEARING?
Most people following the LCHF Challenge, might still be "fat fearing", and replace the carbs with protein. In the long run, that won't work.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
(Og Mandino)
LynCaro

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 11:41
To me, it is not an either/or sort of thing. I find that recording everything I eat keeps me focused. Being intentional or meaningful or just plain conscious of what I eat is a key factor for my being successful in following my plan. This I know from experience. Besides, if I am going to keep an accurate record of my carb and fat consumption, why not follow total calories as well? When I lose or gain or stall out I can look at the records and see if there seems to be any correlation in performance and number of calories as well as between performance and total carbs or net carbs.

So, for point #1, my main response is that it is no bother for me to keep track of the calorie count and it may provide helpful information.

For point #2, yay for all of us who have chosen to follow a low carb way of eating! A 300 point bonus a day sounds great.

For point #3, it really does take some reworking of one's mindset to get over fat fearing. It has been ground into us for decades and, even now with all the ever increasing body of evidence that good fats are indeed good for us, the low-fat propaganda just keeps coming at us. "Lean meats." "Low fat milk." "Reduced fat." All of those terms are used all the time as though they are self-evidently healthy. Millions of dollars are spent to convince of this. Personally, I have to just keep whispering to myself "wrong, wrong, wrong."
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl
cinnamoneyes

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 23:08
Thanks so much for sharing LynCaro - its awesome that we may eat delicious foods, without actually worrying about calorie loading, or fearing fat!

This is a far deeper healthy experience than what a mere scale can tell Smile

Lovely day to you!
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
(Og Mandino)
Mokakiss

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Posted: 14 Feb 2013, 10:45
Thanks for the posts ladies. I still feel like I'm eating something unhealthy when I eat animal fats. Doesn't mean I'm not eating them, but a thought pops up in my head that says "didn't you have enough saturated fat for the day?" I suppose it will take some time to get over being told for years that animal fat is bad for you! Glad I'm not alone! Smile
cinnamoneyes

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Posted: 24 Feb 2013, 10:03
Keep it up! It does take some time to overcome the subconscious thought that fat is bad for us, but its medically proven that good fats are not only good for us, but an essential mode of energy.

Well done on the journey done thus far!
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
(Og Mandino)