Calories or Macros?

A current, and ongoing, trend on low-carb and primal/paleo boards is calories versus macros.
On this side of the ring: calories in/calories out
In this corner: calories don’t count as long as you have the proper ratio of fat/carbs/protein
And the fight commences. Usually rudely.
“Dear support forum:
I’m only eating 20 grams of carbs a day!

My typical menu is:
1 cup of coffee with half a stick of butter and half a cup of coconut oil, 4 eggs and 27 slices of bacon fried up in 1 cup of coconut oil for breakfast, 2 pounds of 73% lean ground beef and 1 lettuce leaf for lunch and half a cow and another lettuce leaf for supper. I have a latte with sugar free syrup and 1 cup of heavy cream as a snack.
Do I need to cut out the lettuce leaf???? WHY AM I GAINING???! THIS DIET SUCKS AND DOESN’T WORK!!”
Responder 1: Yes, it’s the lettuce.
Responder 2: Are you kidding me? That’s like 200000 calories. Of course you’re not losing!
Original poster: But I thought calories don’t count???!!!
Responder 1 counters: It’s the lettuce. Calories don’t count.
Responder 2 counters: You’re an idiot.
Responder 3: Make sure it’s grass fed, organic and antibiotic free and you’ll be fine, just stick to it!
Responder 1 again: I forgot about that, it’s probably the hormones in the meat.
So forth and so on….

Exaggerated to make a point 😉
The truth probably lies somewhere in between these extremes.
The venerable Dr Robert Atkins stated in his early Atkins Diet Revolution book (paraphrasing) “Calories don’t count as much, but low-carb isn’t a license to gorge”.

This same ideology can apply to the Primal and Paleo diets as well.
You jump into them thinking if you “eat clean” you can eat more.
While this may be true to some extent, taking in excess calories over time will end up on your butt!

So before you order that sugar free coffee drink that can top out over 600 calories, give it some thought if your weight is not moving in the right direction.


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