No, You DON’T Need to Count Calories to Get the Body Shape You Want. Here’s What to Do Instead

No, You DON’T Need to Count Calories to Get the Body Shape You Want. Here’s What to Do Instead

You’ve heard it a million times. In order to lose weight, all you need to remember is that calories in should be less than calories out. It's another way of saying "Eat less, move more."

There’s a whole industry built around this belief. While some programs are finally breaking free from this paradigm, there are still plenty of books, apps, and websites dedicated to calorie-counting. Just the thought of having to keep a running tally of them is depressing.

Do you really believe your body is a simple account ledger with income on one side and expenses on the other? You–and your body–are more sophisticated than that. Read on.

Can't Love Kale? There's Another Way

Can't Love Kale? There's Another Way

Focusing on the Nourish Facet can transform your life. Eating real, nutrient-dense food is easily one of the most effective ways to optimize your body shape, enjoy consistent energy, and age wonderfully. You know this.

But what if—despite this knowledge—you simply can’t stomach kale?

Or maybe it’s not kale. It could be shiitake mushrooms or blueberries or sweet potatoes. It’s any food that’s touted as being “super” and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and other magical phytonutrients, yet you just don’t like the taste, texture, or both. (Many of us feel this way about one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet: liver.)

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: There are no superfoods.

If you don’t like kale, I’m sure there’s another leafy green you actually do like (that’s chard in the picture, by the way). Blueberries aren’t the only foods that are high in polyphenols—you can indulge in other brightly colored produce and relax. If sweet potatoes are too orange-tasting for you (yes, people have told me this), there are other colors you might prefer, or you can enjoy another root vegetable. Why have rutabagas fallen out of favor? Let’s bring back rutabagas!

Because here’s the thing: Pleasure is a big part of nourishing yourself.