Calorie Counting – A Necessary Evil?

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Many of my patients have asked me if calorie counting is key to losing weight. It is not about counting calories—because that can be very misleading. We want to keep insulin and blood sugar levels on an even keel to prevent stored body fat—and you need healthy fats in your diet to burn fat. This is why avocado and salmon are so important. Following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle is also critical when combating dull skin that lacks in radiance and is showing signs of aging. Choose the following:

  • high-quality protein, like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu;
  • low-glycemic (will not provoke a glycemic response when consumed in moderation) carbohydrates including colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal, legumes such as beans and lentils;
  • healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, etc.), nuts, seeds, and olive oil
  • 8 -10 glasses of pure spring water per day.
  • antioxidant rich beverages such as green tea

And if you want radiant supple skin don’t go low fat or fat free. Instead choose healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, etc.), nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Avoid the saturated fats found in meats as well as the ubiquitous trans fats (margarine, shortening, etc.) as these can be pro-inflammatory and have the opposite of the desired effect. Learn to read labels as these trans fats are in everything including the peanut butter found on most supermarket shelves.

What steps do you take to lose weight?

One thought on “Calorie Counting – A Necessary Evil?

  1. I just found this website. I am trying to eat healthier and find these articles inspirational! Thanks Dr. Perricone!

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