I'll quote one of Choco's best posts from this thread.
If 1,000 people read this thread (or one of my 400 posts in this context) and one comes away with a grasp of reality, then at least that saves one person from themselves.
I think there is a lot at play.... and it is very individual.
1. Our metabolism can be slow, fast or inbetween.... probably if you are fat you are to the slow end of the metabolism.
2. Working out has different effects on people- for some, dang they shape up, lose weight and look great. For others they just get fitter while staying fat.
3. Some people can do a lot on junk food. I visited a friend this weekend and he drinks beer and eats crap. He took off his shirt and was 6 pack city. He also smokes. He looks better than most Olympic athletes. If you are this guy, your advice does not pertain to anyone.
4. If you have a slow metabolism and don't need a lot of calories..... eating grains (filler) and sugar (more filler) is not that smart. If you are a really active man who burns a lot of calories, eating some filler is probably a great idea.
5. Certain foods treat certain people like shit. One week without nightshades and sorry for the TMI, but I have been dropping water like crazy. Finding out that there *might* be something other than "CICO" keeping your from wearing your skinny pants is a really good thing. Hearing "hey you must just count wrong" isn't useful if the issue is actually with some food sensitivities. I went thru the same thing with wheat.
6. Eating healthy whole foods can only help your health. But you might not be able to eat all you want, even though some people might be able to. This is life. But life sucks when you really can't eat that much. Think about it- do you think it is easy to live on $15,000 a year? If you made $50,000 a year would you tell that person making $15,000 a year just to spend as much as they need? Or to spend $25,000 a year and everything will be fine?
7. Most 40 something women have made a lot of efforts to lose weight. Most of us know a whole lot more about self experimentation and tracking then you want to know.
8. Veganism makes all the same claims....
9. Crazy shit sometimes works for people. Someone, somewhere has had success at weightloss drinking butter. Most people cut calories. But hey- when you are fat, and cutting calories doesn't work.... sometimes crazy shit does. I thought it was crazy that grains made me fat- 30lbs later, without really cutting calories I don't think that is so crazy. So I dunno, I'm more than a little interested in seeing if maybe some other foods have the same effect on me.
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Honestly, that's kind of a snotty comment. Calories are not a "small detail" when your metabolism is slow. You sound like a rich person telling a poor person not to worry about keeping track of spare change. It's not stressful to track calories. You log into fit day or whatever and enter in what you eat or plan to eat or whatnot. Takes 5 minutes and a decent memory.Maybe all the calorie counters just have higher-than-normal amounts of cortisol wearing themselves out worrying about the smaller details (like calories) that are hindering their health and weight loss.
I'm not sure what other details I could get right. I eat whole foods. I exercise. I do bodyweight exercise. I lead a low stress life. I can't eat a lot of calories in a day. If I don't stay on top of it I overeat. If I overeat, I put on weight or don't lose. The cool thing about tracking calories and weight is that I saw the dang correlation with tomatoes.
I don't freak out if my dinner puts me over 1400 calories. It's not "stressful" to weigh out a portion.