69. To count or not ~ that is the question
Oct 01, 2020
There is an ever raging debate as to the best diet. There truly is no one size fits all solution. One of the biggest distinctions to be made off that bat is whether or not you will be objective with your eating or not.
A common approach is to count calories or points. You get a certain amount and try not to exceed it.
The first counting diet dates back to 1918 when Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters was the first to recommend the practice of counting calories in her book 'Diet and Health.'
At the time no one had heard or calories and she literally had to teach her readers how to pronounce it.
Now, as far as counting diets go, the unprecedented champion is Weigh Watchers. In 50 years they have enrolled tens of millions of people in more than 30 countries.
They're trademarked their 'Weight Watchers Point' and the system designed to account for them was far reaching. It included frozen food options, baked goods, and the ability to have any food you wanted as long as you stayed within your point range. Their 'Weight Watchers Point' is a product of a mathematical equation they use that combines protein, fiber, sugar, and overall calorie load of a food.
In essence, they count your calories and macros for you. But instead of just telling you those numbers they disguise it with their points system. It is impossible to trademark a universal unit of measurement like calories or macronutrients so companies aiming to make money are forced to create their own terms and verbiage.
It's similar to products hiding behind proprietary blends that really aren't that proprietary.
Any who, counting diets work. You don't get to millions of adherents otherwise.
It is not too important which one you choose. I suggest learning calories, macronutrients, and to an extent, the micronutrients of everything you put in your body. The real numbers may be intimidating but just like your finances, with a little practice it becomes manageable and, dare I say, enjoyable.