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Does counting calories help you lose weight?

For a long time, shedding pounds was considered a simple matter of accounting: if calories consumed exceed energy expended, then the balance is stored as fat. But does the old calorie-counting theory still add up? Sue Quinn does her sums

A new way of thinking is gathering momentum. According to some scientists and nutrition experts, there’s more to losing and gaining weight – and staying healthy – than simple numbers. Emerging evidence suggests not all calories are created equal as far as our metabolism is concerned. In other words, certain foods are more likely to cause weight gain than others, even if they contain the same number of calories. What’s more, some experts in the treatment of obesity now believe that calorie-counting is an outdated approach that doesn’t work and overshadows the importance of good nutrition. They point to the growing obesity crisis and rise in weight-related health problems that have occurred while calorie-counting has been the cornerstone of official weight management advice.

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