I can’t tell you how many of my students have endlessly walked themselves into calorie counting spirals with unrealistic high hopes, only to leave feeling disillusioned and disappointed in themselves. Counting calories is one of the worst methods for getting healthy and losing weight. The human body doesn’t run on math; it runs on biology! Biology for each individual is just that, individual! You can’t treat each distinct body with the same expectations. That would be highly irrational. Calories make up all of our foods, and while I can’t deny their existence, I can challenge their perceived role. My main issue with calorie counting is that it creates a blanket statement for an individual’s unique biology. Allow me to explain. One hundred calories from an apple or one hundred calories from chips are going to be processed differently. The reason? Nutritional content. Nutritional content determines how your calories are spent in the body. If your foods are nutritionally dense (fiber, protein, high vitamin, and mineral content) then they serve a purpose for the body. If you are over-consuming foods that lack nutritional density/purpose then your body will use them as a form of stored fat. Calories, like food, are not equally created. So, focus on the quality of food over quantity of calories! A little trick for this is to eat whole foods that don’t need a nutritional label to convince you they are healthy!