Counting Calories – The Key to Weight Loss
When it comes to weight loss, you would come across conflicting opinions. It is a fact that there is no one approach to weight loss.
There are many ways to lose weight. From extensive exercises to stringent diets, from counting calories to eating frequent small meals, there are many strategies you can endorse.
Almost any weight loss strategy will have some consequence but to get the best results you would have to choose the best practice.
Many dieticians and nutritionists recommend frequent meals while keeping a check on the size of servings.
While that may not be a bad approach to weight loss, it certainly isn’t the best. A study reveals that it isn’t the frequency of the meals or the servings of each food but calories that makes the most significant impact.
A case study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual BES conference in 2014 inferred that consuming a healthy count of calories in a day or twenty four hours is what matters most. Dr. Milan Kumar Piya led a team of researchers at the University of Warwick to study 24 women. They were provided two meals on one day and five meals on the next day. The collective calorie count of all the meals was the same regardless of the frequency and serving size.
Tests revealed that the women consumed the same quantum of calories on the days they were given two meals as they did when they were given five meals.
This proves that no matter how many meals one eats throughout the day, the amount of calories consumed is what matters more in regards to weight loss.
If one eats more frequent meals and end up consuming more calories, then it is not going to help one lose weight. On the contrary, if one eats two or three meals with substantial hours in between them and if the calorie count is lowered, then chances of losing more weight are much higher.
The human body is going to use up calories according to the metabolic rates and level of activity a person indulges in. Regardless of how much calories you take in, the body will only use up so much as it needs. Also, whenever you eat, the meals are not immediately digested and metabolized.
Hence, the calories are not immediately used up. So the concept of frequent smaller meals doesn’t make much sense.