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Calorie Counting Called Into Question.
While counting calories can be a complementary tool for maintaining weight, I have never been a proponent of this philosophy. Simply put, those who are obsessed with counting calories often lose sight of the most important ideals when making a dietary choice: is the food real, is it of high quality, and is it right for my needs? Food can be extremely low calorie, but if it is "fake food" that contains empty calories, there is no nutritive value and will often cause weight gain and fat mass.

The body sees certain ingredients in fake food as toxic. When you overload your system and cannot properly excrete the toxins, they are stored in fat cells, which act as protection from the toxins' harmful effects. Many fail to realize that the more toxins they accumulate, the more fat cells are created.

Another reason I am not a proponent of calorie counting is that I have never completely trusted the accuracy of food labels. Recent research has proven this to be true. A study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that the calorie content of food and restaurant labels respectively were on average 8% and 18% more than reported. This is too big a difference if you are counting calories.

The other major problem with calorie counting is that too often the individual misreads or does not fully understand what is on a food label.

So what do I do if I am a Calorie Counter?
  • Don't drop below 1200 calories for a female and 1600 calories for a male unless your licensed health professional has told you it is a necessity.
  • If counting calories does really help you, than make sure the calories come from real food.
  • Make sure there are no ingredients on the label that you react to.
  • Try to consume products that are well balanced with protein, carbohydrate, and fat content.
  • In most cases, the shorter the label, the more real the food is.
  • Learn to detect as many artificial and processed ingredients as possible.
  • See a licensed health professional to help make the best dietary choices for you.
The FDA and USDA are planning big changes for food labeling over the next three to four years. Based upon past history, I am not too optimistic about the outcome. The best thing you can do is stick to the foods that make your body feel the best. If you don't know what these are, then you must ask for assistance.

Calorie Counts Are Not Always Accurate

Shedding Weight and Belly Fat.
The plan is pretty simple. It consists of real food and balanced portions. If you follow it for one month, you will most likely shed weight and belly fat. The question is, are you game?

Schedule a 15-30 Minute Appointment at 847-498-3422.

The key is to not go it alone. Use a licensed health professional as your advocate.

The following was recent public testimony from Harvard Medical School Professor of Medicine, Dr. Frank Sacks, when presenting his ideas for changes to the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines.

"Ongoing counseling sessions, very important to achieve and maintain weight no matter what group they are in and that successful diets for shedding weight, I think, can be tailored to individual patient's personal and cultural preferences to achieve long-term success. And maybe that's really the key to go after in the future."

An Inside Look at Nutritional Concepts.

For clients who were unable to attend our 25th Anniversary Client Appreciation Event, we created this video for you.

Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.
1535 Lake Cook Road
Suite 204
Northbrook, IL 60062
For 25 years, bringing the wellness of tomorrow, today.


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