Okay so let’s start with the basics. What are calories?
- Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food/drinks.
Are calories bad for you?
- Calories are not bad for you, your body needs fuel, calories are the measure of the amount of energy you get from your food not a fat cell.
- If you’re eating too many calories and not burning enough of them through exercise then it can lead to weight gain.
- If you’re not eating enough then your body doesn’t have the energy to do normal day to day activities.
How do you work out how many calories your body burns in a day?
- You need to work out your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) this works out how many calories you would burn if you stayed in bed all day. Never eat less than your BMR your body burns calories for energy and your body needs that energy!
So why shouldn’t you calorie count?
- Not all calories are the same. now that might sound weird, but hear me out, you have a can of coke zero at 150 ml, that has 0.5 calories in it and then you have a strawberry and banana smoothie at lets say 250 calories. Which one is better for you, the coke zero or the smoothie? The smoothie has more nutritional value than the can of coke zero. There is absolutely nothing with having it in moderation but that is just an example.
- Calorie counting tend to encourage us to eat processed food, simply because food that has been packaged and processed have how many calories are in certain foods, and it’s easier just to look at how many calories are in your food rather than having something that is fresh and can be better for you. There is nothing wrong with having these types of things once in a while it’s about having a balance.
- Restricting the amount of calories you eat doesn’t always work for weight loss in the long term. By restricting the amount of calories you eat, if you don’t don’t eat enough, your metabolism with get slower and your body will burn even fewer calories. Eating fewer calories also doesn’t mean that you’re eating healthy.
- Counting calories can take the joy out of eating foods. Food is to be enjoyed, and having good food that tastes amazingis another reason you shouldn’t count, remember moderation. Want a cookie? Have one! Treat yourself.
- When you’re counting calories it can stop you from having a good relationship with food, while you’re sitting there counting the calories you’re not looking at the nutritional benefits from your food. Food is here to be enjoyed, if you’re out for a meal in a restaurant, there is absolutely no problem in having something that you wouldn’t normally have. ! Calorie counting can make you dependant on the numbers. Remember calories are units of energy
- Calories can not tell you anything about your heath, calories are just the amount of energy in that food. Your body relies on so much more than the amount of calories that are in your food, like the amount of exercise, how you sleep, how much water you drink, all of these play a part in good health.
- Listen to your body. Your body is incredible, it’s the only one you get, love it. Your body can tell you when you’re hungry, when you’re full, fill your body with good and nutritious food, by learning about your body, how to eat, what to eat and when to eat, your body is a temple.
- The more you count calories the less you tend to pay attention to the food that is in front of you. When you count calories instead of enjoying the food, you just see number in front of you.
- Labels can lie. Labelling allows the companies to have a 20% margin the error on the nutritional information, so if you’re eating a bar of chocolate that has 200 calories in it, it could be closer to 250.
- The nutrients in your food can very depending on the season, the type and how ripe they are. It would be near on impossible for a company to look at how many calories are in a banana from everywhere and how they were grown.
- The quality of your calorie intake is better than quantity. So if you’re buying things like low fat or fat free, these foods replace the fat with sugars, try to eat fresh food or even look at making your own, that way you know exactly what is in everything and probably has a better nutritional value.
- When you focus on calories you start to restrict healthy foods, the only reason for this is because you tend to look more at the amount of calories you have in there rather than the benefits you get from those foods, for example you might feel fuller for longer, or you don’t bloat as much.
- It changes your thinking about food. Instead of things food = energy, instead you think food = number of calories = numbers on a scale = failure. You have not failed, your body needs fuel, so eat, work out your BMR to figure out how many calories your body does burn if you were in bed all day.
- Not all calories are absorbed by your body! The reason for this is because it all depends of the type of food you’re eating and how processed that food is.
- High calorie foods can still be healthy so for example things like olives and nuts are good for you even though they have a higher calorie count, things like olives are healthy fats which shouldn’t be left out.
So what should you do instead of calorie counting?
- Listen to your amazing body, it knows what it needs and wants.
- Eat when you’re hungry, if you’re not sure if you’re hungry or thirsty, have some water, give it about 20 minutes, if your stomach is still rumbling eat something.
- Chew fully before you eat another mouthful, it makes a lot of difference!
- Enjoy your food, the flavours, the texture of the food, everything about it, enjoy.
- Eat foods in moderation, so have some chocolate if you fancy it, it isn’t going to impact upon your healthy eating journey, moderation is important because if you cut them out completely you’re likely to binge on them in the future.
- It’s okay to eat more sometimes, if it tastes good or you won’t have it for a while, enjoy it, but don’t eat so much you’re sick.
Enjoy your food, that is the most important thing!
I needed this badly after an intense chest day and sprints on the track. Double chocolate protein pancakes topped with melted peanut butter, a scoop of chocolate froyo and dark chocolate chunks.
This is great because it doesn’t say not to eat that food ever again, just choose smaller sizes or a “healthier” option of that food.
I looooove this!:-)
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Recipe: Cinnamon-Vanilla Banana Milkshake
This guilt-free indulgence is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and your nutritional needs.
Anonymous said: u take a lot of selfies. do u think ur pretty or smoething? ur not
hi there, anon. i didn’t realize i took a lot of selfies. thanks for the info. so, your question was whether i think i’m pretty. you already answered that no, i am not.
and i have to agree, anon. i don’t think i’m pretty bc i’m not.
i always have a double chin.
i constantly look like i haven’t slept in a week bc of my dark circles
and, i always look sunburnt. idfk why
i have this white line across my nose that makeup can’t cover up
i have tons of wrinkles on my forehead. like what the hell? i’m 25
also, it’s the size of fucking texas
i still don’t know how to smile in pictures bc i hate my fucking teeth
my feet are flat. my hips are huge. my boobs are weird. i am covered in stretch marks. my voice is grating. my ears stick out two miles from my head. i am always fucking sweating and i’ve been asked if i was pregnant more times than i can count.
so, you’re right. i’m not pretty. i can’t stand the way i look.
which is why it’s so fucking important that i post “a lot” of selfies. bc, anon, you’d better fucking believe that if i look in the mirror that day and don’t cringe, i’m gonna take a fucking picture to save that tiny little second. and GOD FORBID i show the world that i posses a little self love every once in a fucking while.
TO ANYONE READING THIS: DON’T EVER LET SOMEONE MAKE YOU FEEL ASHAMED FOR LIKING THE WAY YOU LOOK—EVEN IF IT’S JUST FOR A SECOND. IF YOU LOOK NICE, YOU TAKE THAT FUCKING SELFIE AND YOU SHOW IT TO THE GOD DAMN WORLD BC THEY DESERVE TO SEE THE GOD/GODDESS YOU ARE!
that beard finally coming in? go ahead, bro. take a selfie.
you finally got that piercing you’ve been wanting? not really my style, but you’re fucking rocking it. take a selfie.
your boobs look awesome in that shirt? take a selfie.
you finally lose or gain that weight you’ve been working on? take a selfie.
your eyeliner look awesome? your new sunglasses make you look like a celebrity avoiding the paparazzi? you killing that tux? you feel a tiny, rare level of self love? you always on a high level of self love? you just like your face?
TAKE A MOTHAFUCKING SELFIE!
thanks for the question, anon. this one’s for you.
This has to be my favorite post on tumblr. YOU FUCKING GO
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Working out your inner thighs is vital in ensuring that your legs are in good overall condition. The inner thighs are the most neglected part of the legs, and many people fail to place sufficient importance on working out the inner thighs. There are many reasons that both men and women should spend time exercising their inner thighs:
Reducing the amount of excess flab or fat on the inner thigh can help make clothes fit better, reduce the chance of jock or heat rashes, and can help improve one’s overall appearance.
Strengthening the muscles of the inner thigh gives one more power to lift items with their legs, more power when kicking or running, and more strength in the legs overall.
Enhancing the flexibility of the inner thigh muscles helps to reduce the chance of injury, makes life easier, and can even enhance one’s lovemaking and sexual potency.
These are just a few of the simpler benefits of working out the inner thigh muscles, and it is vital that extra attention is paid to strengthening the inner thighs.
One of the best ways to work out the inner thigh muscles is by doing leg lifts. These leg lifts are exercises that use the weight of one’s legs to do the workout, and they are easy to do and require little in the way of coordination. Anyone can do leg lifts as an inner thigh workout, and the leg lifts can be done in any place where there is sufficient space.
Bless this post. Finally reasons to work the inner thigh OTHER than a thigh gap.
^ Agreed, this is the truth for athletes, not just that “thigh gap”
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