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Do you ever feel like calorie counting is the THING to do or the only way to lose weight?

As though you haven’t tried everything thing else, exercise daily at the gym, eat the “right” types of food and take the “right” supplements, you may be thinking…”what the heck am I doing wrong?”

While there are some who feel more confident with calorie counting and knowing exactly what they are eating, I’ve noticed that other people really struggle with this black and white thinking and it causes more stress and wreaks more havoc on their body than what’s really necessary.

So what if calorie counting is actually keeping the unwanted weight and bloat on and totally sabotaging your efforts?

That’s the exact topic we’re diving into on today’s episode of ETV.

You’ll learn why calorie counting isn’t necessarily the best and why enjoying your food and making no food off limits is the secret sauce to real health success.

I hope you’ll join me in the comments to share your insights, comments and stories to listen to your inner body wisdom and to support those who do count calories or not for whatever reason! : )

XO


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  1. Nicole
    June 12, 2014

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    You are awesome…I’ve been battling with counting calories for months — and thank you for helping me see it’s not always about counting — can’t wait to get started with the challenge!

    • Elyse Wagner
      June 25, 2014

      Thank you! You’re awesome! We are starting the challenge soon! Have you signed up yet –> http://mad.ly/signups/112486/join Start the Right Eating Lifesytle in 7 Days! Woohoo!! Starting July 7th!

  2. Adrian
    June 12, 2014

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    Ha! I love eating with calorie counters. They obsess about every thing/choice they make and look so miserable while doing it and even eating it. While I on the other hand order what I want enjoy it ! I do my best to moderate and have balanced meals. But ultimately order what I feel like eating not what fits into my calorie count for the day.
    What you are saying makes so much sense. I find that if I limit certain favorite items I end up binging on it when I finally “allow” myself to have a certain food. I have never been much of calorie counter but try to eat in moderation. I allow myself to eat based on what I want or craving….in moderation. Usually I find if I am craving certain things it is because my body is lacking certain nutrients. Cravings are not always ice cream and sweets when you eat whatever you want you end up craving things like spinach salad and fish and french fries!
    I have way to much stress apparently and my cortisol must be out of control! :) Thanks for all the great info!

    • Elyse Wagner
      June 25, 2014

      It is super miserable- probably the most miserable I’ve ever been is when I’ve calorie counted and it is a viscious cycle when you’re with others who have similar behaviors. Moderation is THE key ingredient to living a balanced healthy sustainable lifestyle!

  3. Rachel
    June 13, 2014

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    I completely agree with you on the twenty minute rule! I like to take my time when eating so that I can enjoy and savor my food. I do not like to be rushed, and when I do take my time it gives my stomach a chance to feel full. I definitely think that counting calories is a problem that a lot of women deal with every day. I decided to change that up, and instead just eat healthier but let myself have a treat here at there.

    • Elyse Wagner
      June 25, 2014

      It totally works! I agree – sometimes it’s hard to give your stomach and mind a chance to catch up. I like your style – listen to your body and eat what you want when you want. Something just seems to come into alignment when you do that! :)

  4. Kassie
    June 13, 2014

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    Counting calories is not on the top of my list whenever I eat something. My goal whenever I’m eating is to get the food in my stomach so I’m not hungry anymore. I don’t really think of the 20 minute rule when I’m eating but next time I will try to take my time when eating.

    • Elyse Wagner
      June 25, 2014

      Awesome Kassie! How did the 20 minute rule work for you?

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