To count calories, or not to count calories. That was not a question during my youthful dancing days. Of course you count calories!!!
As a dancer who often struggled with weight issues, I definitely had my period of nazi-like dedication to counting calories. What did I gain from my diligence to write down, calculate, and count every single calorie? Oh… a lot. I gained stress. (Writing down everything you eat is annoying.) I gained guilt. (Did I really just eat another piece of cake?!). I gained an neurotic obsession with that number of my scale. (Maybe it will go down if I take my socks off…) Oh yeah, and I gained weight.
But I can’t.
All I can do is help others from making the same mistakes. Hopefully, I can help some other young dancer from reliving my good-intentioned-but-not-so-healthy approach to healthy living. If I can reach even one person I will feel good about my hard learned lesson.
So… with that in mind. An open letter to anyone who will read it:
Dear young dancers, relapsed weight watcher-ers, frustrated dieters, and anyone else who still believe counting calories is a key to being healthy. The following is for you.
Why you should NOT count calories.
via the humble infograph:
What do you think? Please share this if you think we all could use a better approach to our relationship with food and health!
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