I’ve found myself in a coincidence of circumstance lately regarding the topic of counting calories. Specifically, the angle that counting calories are wrong because the numbers aren’t factual.
To be clear, I appreciate a voice of reason and accuracy in the scientific community. When we quibble over details, it means a lot towards statements like “statistical significance.” I have no problem with attaining better methods, new approaches, or debunking old ones. People studying the research aren’t wrong in finding flaws in the exact caloric count. Doing your job well and reporting on inaccuracies isn’t the issue. Discouraging the average dieter trying to change their life while attacking everything they’ve been doing…well….
The problem is when inaccuracies are overblown for clickbait or selling a different (and always equally as flawed/statistically sketchy) method. Again the pattern emerges (quite frequently in the health industry) that your efforts are useless or even a compulsive disorder but “look at our method over here.” The calorie as we know it is dead—useless. If you take part in ranking those numbers, you’re doing it wrong, or so they say.
Spoiler 1: The average assessment of caloric content is erroneous.
Spoiler 2: Being obsessive about the numbers wasn’t the answer to your body composition problems in the first place.
Spoiler 3: There are 101 ways and plans to make changes in your diet that have nothing to do with knowledge of calories, but it doesn’t make it a meaningless or destructive knowledge to obtain. More