The method of counting calories to lose weight is an effective one and is based on hard scientific fact: If you burn more calories than you consume and operate at a slight deficit, you will lose mass. Now, there are all kinds of variables that go along with this – metabolism, age, ratios of protein, fats and carbohydrates, just to name a few – that will affect the rate and type of weight loss that occurs. But the basic principle remains the same.
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This poster has identified his comfortable level of deficit for his desired weight loss – around 1700kcal a day. For the record, the NHS recommends that a man, within a healthy and balanced diet, needs around 2,500kcal a day just to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal a day, and these numbers are of course subject to variables such as age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things.
Of course, surviving on a diet of steamed veg, skinned chicken breast and tuna can quickly get boring. The most delicious foods are the rich and calorific ones! With a little creativity though it is possible to have an interesting and varied low-calorie diet, so he took to the internet to ask for suggestions.
Soon enough, he received some unhelpful, yet tongue-in-cheek advice regarding his diet choices. This poster claimed to know from experience that calorie counting actually doesn’t work, and he should instead eat ‘intuitively’ (whatever that means).
OP didn’t take the advice or the humor very well at all and proceeded to dismantle the arguments one by one, throwing some pretty savage and insulting burns in along the way. While he did make some good points about calorie counting and the woman’s blatant failure to do it correctly, we can not condone his subtle (or not) attacks on her weight.
What do you think? Have you tried calorie counting? Did you find it to be a successful way to maintain a healthy body composition? Was this guy justified in his response, or did he go too far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!