Should You Count Calories?

Counting calories… Is it worth the time and effort? Does it actually help the process of getting healthy and losing weight (or hurt it)?

Josh and James discuss this controversial topic, getting into the good, the bad and the ugly of counting calories as part of nutrition and weight-loss. As the Strength Matters guinea pig for their new nutrition-based program, James has some great insights and shares some feedback on his experience of calculating maintenance calories and keeping track of everything he ate over the past 12 months.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or get stronger – counting calories may be exactly what you need in order to gain a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t for your body.

Discussion points:

  • Should you Count Calories?
  • Maintenance Calories
  • Calculating your Maintenance calorie level
  • Biggest Mistakes in Dieting
  • Pros & Cons of calorie counting
  • Alternatives for calorie counting
  • When calorie counting is valuable
  • Opinion on diets


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“You can’t gain weight in a calorie deficit – it comes down to energy in, energy out.” – James Breese


“It was fascinating to understand that those types of food [processed food], different types of food affect your body from an inflammation point of view and the way you look. Not just about weight. Weight Fluctuates because of it as well… The quality of the food you eat has a distinct impact on how your body metabolises it and the effect that has on the body as well.” – James Breese


“Every body is unique, I think is the best way to describe it. And this is where, when we go to like real high-level nutrition-type stuff and want to get to the bottom of something with somebody, this is why calorie-tracking can help get you a better understanding and appreciation of what’s going on.” – James Breese


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