Is Calorie Counting Healthy?

We’ve been working really hard on our expanded Healthy Choice menu since it launched earlier this month, and we’ve been listening to your feedback.

By: Marley Spoon / 01/12/2016

Healthy Choice menu since it launched earlier this month, and we’ve been listening to your feedback.We know that lots of Marley Spooners are super health conscious, and love knowing exactly what they’re eating. This is the beauty of Marley Spoon - the convenience of delivery alongside the knowledge of healthy, fresh, sustainably sourced produce that is good for your body.Counting calories has become a big part of the health and fitness revolution, and with the help of apps it is a simple and easy exercise to keep tabs on your intake each day. Despite being easy, there are a few issues with taking this approach, as our nutritionist Diana Moreira explains...1. Labels can lie

Most calorie labels are an estimate. This is because you can only do a close estimation as foods nutritional content differs according to size, provenance, cooking method and time This isn’t the case with Marley Spoon though. Because we know all the above variables, we work to be painstakingly accurate so you know exactly what you are eating.2. Everybody is different

Your recommended daily intake is vastly different from the next persons. This is because the amount of calories we need varies according to our age, gender, activity level, height, metabolism, and therefore a ‘one-fits-all’ approach is not a smart one: each body has specific nutritional needs. This might mean you need a lot more protein in your meals than the next person, and this equals more calories. 3. High calories don’t necessarily mean high fat

A healthy diet should focus on the whole content of the food and not just on its calories. Weight loss is in fact a result of a calorie deficit. But, for long-term and sustainable results, it’s more important to focus on a diet that is rich in high-fibre carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Put it this way, having a handful of nuts will always bring you more nutritional value than having a low-calorie cookie snack. Many of those nutritious foods might be high in calories but their (moderate) regular consumption will help you to control your appetite, to avoid blood glucose spikes and ultimately to eat less and lose more weight. The key here is to 'keep an eye' on your calorie intake but without compromising the quality of your diet.4. Focusing on calories often means we restrict healthy foods

We often avoid higher fat foods simply because they are higher in calories without taking into consideration what benefits we might get from them, such as staying fuller for longer (hangry much?), absorbing antioxidants from vegetables, and getting necessary nutrients, like fat-soluble vitamins. (This is crucially important for pregnant women who may become deficient in key brain-building nutrients if they restrict fat.)We recommend ignoring calorie labels on real foods that are naturally high in fat such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, butter, avocados, olives, nuts, and seeds. Your body likes these foods and there are benefits to eating them!

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