Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

Be honest – how many times have you decided whether to eat a certain food or not by checking just the total calories on the label?

If you’re like me, you probably do this a lot. It’s quick, and you get the facts, right?

Turns out, not really.

Nutritional information on food labels or on restaurant websites isn’t as accurate as we like to think. They’re not even exact calculations of the calories in the food they’re labeling; it would take too much time and money for labs to measure the exact caloric content of every variety of food we have available. Calorie counts are actually just estimates, based on the ingredients the food contains.

The problem is, there are a whole host of confounding factors that can throw this number off, including:
– Outdated information and testing methods
– Resistant starches and fibers
– Product variety
– Soil and growing conditions
– Ripeness at time of harvest
– Animals’ diets
– Length of storage
– Preparation method and cooking time

And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

The point is, the calorie count you’ll find listed on a food label can have a margin of error +/- 25%! That’s huge – by that estimate, that 400-calorie frozen meal you’re bringing to work for lunch every day might actually have 500 calories. (In fact, frozen meals are some of the worst offenders.) And restaurant meals might have up to 20% more calories than they indicate.

The point is, no matter how exacting you are in tracking your calories in and out each day, you could be off by anywhere from 20% or more.

And, more to the point for most of us, it’s a huge pain and tends to make lots of people (including me) obsess about food more than they otherwise would. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a better to track your energy intake and output?

You guessed it – there is! As it turns out, when we are eating the right kinds of foods, our bodies’ natural state is to tell us when we need to eat and when we don’t.

Come join the Look Great Naked Paleo Performance Nutrition Challenge and learn everything you ever wanted to know about food. There’s something here for everyone – whether you’re looking to lose fat, gain muscle, or do both at once, nutrition has a huge amount of impact. Coach Lawrence will kill me for saying this, but when it comes to fat loss in particular, nutrition is more important even than exercise. (Really!)

So sign up and join us for the pre-game/info session on Monday, June 9, and the challenge kickoff on Monday, June 16. Find all the info on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/679024902134929/

See you there, CrossFitters!



BB Gymnastics

F: 5 x 2 Power Clean + 1 Jerk

P: 5 x 2 Clean – Heaviest Possible


F: 15 minute AMRAP of:
Run 400M
20 Push-up
10 KBS 32/24kg

P: 15 minute AMRAP of:
Run 400M
10 Ring Dips
10 KB Snatch 32/24kg

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