"5 Reasons to Never Count Another Calorie," "7 Women Share How They Lost Weight Without Counting a Single Calorie," "Science Reveals Why Calorie Counts Are All Wrong"—these are just a few of the headlines that pop up after performing a quick search on calorie-counting. In other words, many schools of thought consider it a bunch of bologna (never mind the calories).
In layman's terms, a calorie is the amount of energy required to heat one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius. But the calories listed on nutrition labels are based on estimations—the human digestive system and its nuances are far too complex to construct an unblemished caloric formula that applies to the general public.
Additionally, 100 calories of peanut butter cups and 100 calories of whole wheat bread are obviously going to be broken down in two very different ways—the candy is much higher in fat and sugar than the other, and those elements are stored within the body as fat, as opposed to the bread, which replenishes the body with vitamins and minerals and is even proven to reduce appetite.
Lucy Mountain, fitness blogger and creator of the Instagram account theFFFeed, has exposed another issue with counting calories: misjudging the number of calories in food or drinks, especially in relation to similarly sized products. Take a look below.
On the left is a venti white americano, which is only 45 calories, as compared to a venti flat white, which has more than five times the number of calories, even though they look and sound incredibly similar.
We get it: Butter is good. But adding a bit to a slice of toast, as evidenced above, adds almost 100 calories (or more depending on how heavy-handed you are).
As fascinating as these images are, the message is quite simple: What you eat matters more than the size. One slice of bread will clearly be made more fattening and caloric by adding toppings, and choosing a drink that's watered-down espresso and milk (a white Americano), as opposed to espresso mixed with milk and no water (a flat white), will cause you to take in more calories. It's all about eating consciously and taking into account what's on your plate or in your cup.
Next, take a look at the 10 small diet changes that make a big difference.
Opening Image: Pinch of Yum