The most detailed long-term analysis of the factors that influence weight gain shows that conventional wisdom may not be the best approach.
The article sheds light on the dangerous idea that one diet plan can fix everyone. Dieting is a complex process that should be tailored to each individual.
Disagreements arise in the debate because researchers and companies have pre-conceived notions and vested interests on what constitutes a good diet regimen. Some support reducing Calories, others want a reduction in fat and yet others promote increasing protein in diets.
It makes more sense for someone to take the information available to them, pull from their dietary history and create a diet that fits their physiology, lifestyle habits and mental outlook.
Moreover, the idea of a personalized plan is supported by people sense of what foods will cause adverse intestinal problems. How far fetched is it to think that we know what food makes us fat, no matter the calories or perceived health benefits
So why do calorie counting or others diets have short term success? Perhaps, calorie counting triggers a hyper-vigilance in dieters that calculates not only the calories in a meal but what particular foods to will cause weight gains.
If you were only allowed 1500 calories a day and you filled that requirement with ice cream day and night. The chance for weight loss would be suspect, unless you are lactose intolerant.
The best thing to do before you count calories is to make a list of foods that you must absolutely avoid if you want to loose weight and stick by it.