Everyone Seems to Be Doing It, but Why You Shouldn’t Track Calories

Available for Interviews: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Franchell Hamilton, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FOMA is the Founder of NeuroSwitch™ Weigh Loss–a place for people to receive treatments ranging from bariatric surgery and medical weight loss to hormone therapy. Dr. Hamiltion is also the author of two books, Transformation Is a Mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . .

What Dr. Hamilton could say on
Tracking Our Calories:

It seems everyone is tracking their calories these days. And there are so many popular apps out there to help you do it, too. But does this work? Is it healthy to do so? Can it be effective over the long haul?

    • Tracking is good in the short-term to bring about awareness of the food we’re eating, but long-term it can lead to shame and guilt.
    • Most people cannot do this for long periods of time and it is a habenula/failure trigger—an area in the brain that triggers failure because you can not meet the “goal.”
    • Many people who tracked and had to report it to a health coach, provider, or other were found to lie about their tracking due to feelings of shame.
    • Tracking may be helpful for awareness but can lead to harmful negative feedback when goals are not met.
    • Studies reveal that restrictive eating and dieting may lead to future weight gain due to your body’s physiological responses to such behaviors, such as changes in hunger and fullness hormones.

Instead

    • Instead of tracking calories, practice better habits. 
    • Get moving! Incorporate exercise that you actually enjoy so you will be more inclined to do it consistently.
    • Focus on stress management to avoid emotional eating.
    • Get proper rest. People who have healthy sleep habits tend to be thinner, while a decrease in sleep leads to an increase in food intake.
    • Changing the narrative and thoughts in our head can change our outcomes because it changes our outlook and perspective.
    • You may need to see a professional to address any underlying health issues that may be causing excessive weight gain.

Tracking calories is just not a healthy activity. It leads us to be negatively obsessive over weight loss rather than working on being healthy and happy. We have learned a lot about weight loss over the years; calories in the food we eat are but just one aspect.

 

Interview: Dr. Franchell Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is a Triads Award-Winning, Board Certified Surgeon, who gave up operating on the stomach to operating on the mind to treat chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. She is the author of two books, Transformation is a mindset: The Journey to Changing Your Input and Your World and And the Best Diet Is . . . , and now educates other providers around the world on what she discovered in her practice through her master class.

Dr. Hamilton is passionate about helping to change the lives of those she meets through practicing medicine and consulting. As a once practicing bariatric surgeon, Dr. Hamilton has firsthand experience addressing the challenges and pain points of patients being treated for cardiometabolic diseases. She founded NeuroSwitch™ Weigh Loss—a place for her patients to receive treatments ranging from bariatric surgery and medical weight loss to hormone therapy.

Dr. Hamilton is a podcast host on Your Health Transformed that discusses a variety of popular and innovative health topics to challenge our current way of thinking about medicine.

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