You may have heard that if you expend

more calories than you consume, then you

will lose weight – right?


It’s not always right and this may help you

if you are on a diet, you’re starving and

you’re not losing weight.


Or if you have just started the diet and

you are losing weight but then you stop

and can’t seem to lose any more


Today’s post will go towards understanding

why I don’t count calories or ask clients to

count them as I’m sure I’ve said in previous

posts that I don’t believe in it


a calorie is a unit of energy


1g of carbohydrate has 4 calories

1g of protein has 4 calories

1g of fat has 9 calories


So fat looks like the bad guy out the three

with over twice the calorie count?


but we don’t eat calories or fat or protein

or carbohydrates


We eat food


and from here everything is an estimation

of how much of each are present in

individual foods, so the label isn’t always



However, we do know that some foods are

higher in fat or carbs or protein than others,

if you are not sure then have a look HERE

(you will need to sign up or sign in)


Sugar is a carbohydrate and you need 30g

to make candy floss and a can of coke has

35g of sugar in it


Carbohydrate burns fast, which means you

will be left feeling hungry again soon after



Meat is a protein but it also contains fat

a 35g Piece of protein would be about the

size of your palm, depending on how big

your hands are


Protein takes a while to burn which means

you should feel full for a good few hours


I’m not going to say much about fat cause

I’m hoping you are getting the picture but

just so you know fat burns longer than

carbs but not as long as protein


Let’s say you are on a diet of 2000 calories

a day and you want every calorie to count


you want to feel full

you want to feel satisfied

you don’t want to be hungry

you want to enjoy your food

you want to look forward to eating


Well, you do don’t you

and if you are on a diet then more so


will 35g of candy floss suffice?

or would you go for the meat?


You may consume more calories with the

meat but you will be fuller, more satisfied

and it will be a while before hunger strikes


So, I’m hoping you can see that all calories

are not equal and that the quality of calorie

is what matters


choose food, not calories and if absolutely

have to count calories, go ahead but don’t

sacrifice the food quality





Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at or find more information at 

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