Stardate: 3rd July 2014
“Counting calories can lead to obsessive behaviours, which can lead to eating disorders” – and social drinking can lead to alcoholism… but no one would draw that conclusion as an automatic correlation, because it simply isn’t.
Similarly, the former statement (re: calorie counting), is a pretty narrow-minded thought process… one, sadly enough, I find vomited by supposed experts.
No doubt these experts have worked with obsessive personalities. But to apply blanketed advice is to do your other clients a disservice.
Calorie counting and its sister: food weighing, are tools. And, much like other tools, they’re used when suitable and useful. In the same way that you wouldn’t use a hammer to change a tire, you wouldn’t use calorie-counting for every day of the rest of your life.
Teach your clients how to count calories, read labels, weigh and allot portions, and eventually they won’t need to count or weigh… it’ll be second nature to know “well this what I need”.
Teach stress-free dieting.
Teach… actually teach… not instruct.
Leave the blanket statements for the internet know-it-all, who’s ‘tried everything’… but has nothing to show for it.
Yours in fitness,
-Corey “Narkissos” Springer