Instagram Blogger Shows Why You Shouldn’t Bother Counting Calories

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A great misconception about losing weight is that, in order to do so, you have to dramatically cut calories.

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A lot of people work on the basis that to achieve your ideal body and weight, you have to restrict your calorie intake. But fitness bloggers on Instagram are increasingly warning against being too restrictive with what you eat.

More often than not, we rely on a weight scale to tell us whether or not were healthy. And for more reasons than one, using your weight as a reference point to how fit you are is wrong.

And this woman shows us why.

DITCH THE SCALE โŒ (55 weeks of @kayla_itsines BBG) the photo on the left was taken on 31st October 2015 (4 months into BBG) hence all the make up and funky attire ๐Ÿ˜ Back when I started noticing I was losing weight after a few months of working out, I would start weighing myself everyday and it became a really bad addiction. I remember I weighed myself the week of this photo and realised I had gained 1kg, I was so upset and let it ruin how I felt about myself and my progress. I kept constantly doing that for the next few months. I then started eating less and was borderline starving myself. When I felt hunger pains and when I was eating less than 1000 calories I thought I was doing "a good job". Which was so wrong and messed up. I would then end up binge eating everything in sight due to the calorie restriction and hating myself even more. That's when I did research and decided that what I was doing is completely wrong and damaging. A few months after I decided to go vegan and started eating 2000-3000 calories and occasionally would weigh myself. A few months after I lost a lot of excess body fat due to my food choices and my lowest weight was 51kg. I then went back into constantly weighing myself because my goal weight was 50kgs (which I now know wouldn't be a healthy weight for me considering how much muscle I wanted to build). I slowly started putting on weight due to increased muscle mass and I was freaked out at first but noticed many others had posted similar photos to this one and decided I'm gonna ditch the scale and let pictures be a guide of my progress. This was the best decision I have ever made. I no longer count calories or macros and only weigh myself for progress photos and DONT LET THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE DICTATE HOW I FEEL!! I feel happier then ever about my body. Yes I have bad days and weeks but that's okay cause I'm only human โœŒ๐Ÿผ๏ธ I eat a quite balanced diet and will treat myself to sweets and fried food when I feel like it because balance is key โš– I hope this helps some of you who are constantly worried about their weight because it's just a silly number and it doesn't define you as a person. You are beautiful, please remember that ๐Ÿ’•

A photo posted by Sara Puhto (@saggysara) on

Enter Sarah Puhto – she’s urging people to stop obsessively cutting calories in order to lose weight, after realising it was actually hampering her fitness goals.

Yesterday, the fitness blogger shared a side-by-side picture that showed her body last year when she restricted herself to fewer than 1,000 calories a day and weighed 54kg (8st 5lbs), beside her body now, when sheโ€™s eating between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day and weighs 57kg (8st 9lbs).

Let's talk food ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ Left: October 2015 (11 weeks into BBG. weighing 54kg) Right: September 2016. (59 weeks into BBG. weighing 56-57kg). Ever since I started gaining fat, I thought it didn't matter what I ate as long as it was less than 1000 calories. This always ended up in me either going to bed with intense hunger pains or leading to me binge eating everything in sight and not stopping until I was in pain from fullness. This mindset was so messed up, I thought I would be happy if I ate less, weighed less and hit my goal weight of 50kg. But the less I ate the more unhappy I got with myself. I had no control over how I was eating because my body was constantly in starvation mode or too full to function. I was gaining weight from fat from all the junk food I was binging. I was so devastated- I didn't understand why eating less wasn't working. I thought I wasn't strong because I couldn't go a few days without binging. In January 2016 I realised what I was doing wasn't working. I decided to go vegan and found out how eating <1500 calories is putting your body into starvation mode and is only a "quick fix" to losing weight and you'll eventually gain fat back by eating junk food since your body is lacking food and craves junk. I then started eating more and stopped using apps to count calories. It was hard but I knew if I just trusted my body it would work. Something had to work. I slowly had more energy and could push myself during workouts! I initially lost weight due to body fat and then gained weight due to gaining muscle. I now weigh around 56-57kg (6-7 kg above my goal weight). I'm not sure on exact weight because I don't weigh myself anymore, I don't let numbers dictate how I feel about myself anymore. I just go on how I feel mentally, and I feel amazing! I finally feel like I have a healthy relationship with food. Eating 2000-3000 calories- I roughly estimate and always eat more than 2000 cal because I know I'll be hungry if I eat less. I eat healthy 70-80% of the time. Just remember: don't let numbers get you down and define you. Don't go on some silly starvation diet- it won't work in the long run. Food is meant to fuel you, not make you upset.

A photo posted by Sara Puhto (@saggysara) on

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The difference in weight is minimal, but the difference in her body and attitude are huge.

Puhto explains that she โ€˜didnโ€™t think it matteredโ€™ what she ate as long as it added up to fewer than 1,000 calories a day. She wrote: “This mindset was so messed up, I thought I would be happy if I ate less, weighed less and hit my goal weight of 50kg. But the less I ate the more unhappy I got with myself.”

In her Instagram posts, she said:

I would start weighing myself everyday and it became a really bad addiction.

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When I felt hunger pains and when I was eating less than 1000 calories I thought I was doing ‘a good job’.

So in January this year, she decided she had to change her views on food. After realising her extreme diet was causing her body to go into starvation mode, she switched to a vegan diet and upped her calorie intake, saying her crash diet was ‘only a quick fix to losing weight and youโ€™ll eventually gain fat back by eating junk food since your body is lacking food and craves junk.’

She estimates that she now weighs around 57kg but says sheโ€™s not sure because โ€˜I donโ€™t weigh myself anymore, I donโ€™t let numbers dictate how I feel about myself anymore. I just go on how I feel mentally, and I feel amazing!โ€™

Her advice? โ€˜Donโ€™t let numbers get you down and define you. Donโ€™t go on some silly starvation diet- it wonโ€™t work in the long run. Food is meant to fuel you, not make you upset.โ€™

Thatโ€™s a lesson a lot of men and women could use.


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