Counting Calories Is A Ridiculous Way To Try And Lose Weight | Think | NBC News

Counting Calories Is A Ridiculous Way To Try And Lose Weight | Think | NBC News

The value of currency is that it renders items as different as a banana or a TV all down to the same measurable units. But are calories really an effective “currency” for measuring weight loss? Dr. Jason Fung joined THINK to make the case against calories.
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Counting Calories Is A Ridiculous Way To Try And Lose Weight | Think | NBC News


  1. Girl,BYE on October 7, 2022 at 7:45 am

    He’s telling you only counting calories is unhelpful. Macros and nutrition content are what people need to focus on

  2. Lil S on October 7, 2022 at 7:46 am

    so provide the fkin solution or anything else. Many Many claim that calorie deficit does work and many fitness instructors will tell you that calories in calories out is the way to go. This is BS.

  3. khadijah on October 7, 2022 at 7:46 am

    I lost 3lbs in a week. I’m going to keep counting my calories.

  4. bloodborne loverrr on October 7, 2022 at 7:47 am

    A calorie of brownie isnt the same as a calorie of kale. Yes a ur gonna nead a whole ton of vegtables to match the calories of a brownie

  5. KX5Kat on October 7, 2022 at 7:48 am

    He’s right, but doesn’t explain it well. What most of us don’t understand is what a calorie is. A calorie is NOT a tangible thing.

    A calorie is a unit of measurement (the amount of energy in a food), so all foods have a certain calorie measurement. Think of calories like a finite amount of money in your wallet, there are good things to spend it on and dumb things to spend it on.

    A Big Mac contains 563 calories and a home cooked meal of vegetables, lean meat and some wild rice might contain say 600 calories. The home cooked meal will be better, everytime, for fat loss or muscle gain. The Big Mac has fewer calories, but because it’s so processed that a huge amount of it’s nutritional value is lost. This means that after eating it, you’ll have some energy, but your body received very little nutrition to function, repair damage and grow so you’ll still feel hungry. Not to mention the harmful things inside it. The home cooked meal will have more calories, but it’ll be nutritionally rich, your body will feel satisfied, it’ll have the nutrients to grow and repair damage and you’ll feel fuller for longer.

    Switching to a diet of 90-100% unprocessed foods means you wont need to count calories, unless you’re looking to take fitness seriously, as you’ll simply feel satisfied after only eating proper food and will naturally struggle to overeat.

  6. Beth B on October 7, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Incredibly annoying sound effects

  7. M. J. on October 7, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Sir, one calorie is one calorie. It doesn’t matter if it’s from cake or an apple ( cause you aren’t talking about macronutrients here) Ridiculous or not but it’s the only way to actually lose weight. You consume more calories than you burn? You gain weight. Simple as that. I guarantee you that no one failed from actually losing body fat by counting their intake -burned calories.

  8. karen shokry on October 7, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Don’t get it

  9. Maniloxaso on October 7, 2022 at 7:54 am

    The only thing ridicilous here are his torn eyes. Meanwhile I count my calories to keep my sixpack

  10. N W on October 7, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Misconception are –
    1. It makes you obsessive – NO, if you are responsible adult and have correct knowledge and pragmatism.
    2. It doesn’t work because hormones – YES and NO. Regula Exercise and adequate rest is good way to balance your hormonal health.
    3. Calories is calorie – Well, calorie density matter. There are foods with less calorie desnity yet fulfilling like fruits and then there are foods which have high calories yet make you feel unsatisfied.
    4. I cannot count calories all the time – there’s the catch, you don’t have to. You do it for 1-4 weeks only once a lifetime and get an app to note down amount and calories. With time you can look at food and JUST KNOW how much is too much,

  11. Georgie and The Fam on October 7, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Weird how people on the internet always know more than experts, who back their statements up with studies and data to support them.

  12. James Henderson on October 7, 2022 at 7:59 am

    They were not fat in Auschwitz

  13. Ming Jie Kong on October 7, 2022 at 7:59 am

    yeah right a study from 1917, in early 1900s people believed that radioactivity was good for you. Radioactive items sold included radium pendants for rheumatism, uranium blankets for arthritis, anti-aging radioactive cosmetics, radioactive water, and more.

    This guy’s doctorate is over 100 years over due.

  14. Daniel DuVernay on October 7, 2022 at 7:59 am

    For anybody who doesn’t have the google extension to show dislikes, there are 2.3K dislikes to 5.5K dislikes.

  15. kennetta Wright on October 7, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Count calories works so u know what u eat even if u big or small I love counting my calories it works and I’m sticking to it I don’t care how much junk food I like I’m going to count those calories in any food junk or healthy if it works for you stay with it do what’s best for u not no one else be bless

  16. Tasty Shreds on October 7, 2022 at 8:00 am

    These guys have never seen naked and afraid 😂

  17. DJ WAMY on October 7, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Imagine putting this out on the news. Get a better researcher that’s experienced

  18. Neptune on October 7, 2022 at 8:02 am

    yes you need to be more aware of what type of foods you eat but dont tell people counting calories doesnt work? it does for almost everyone.

  19. Derrick Small on October 7, 2022 at 8:04 am

    So what’s the solution?

  20. The Lawn Gnome on October 7, 2022 at 8:06 am

    I have to be honest there is no way to get past this expect to just stop eating period.

  21. BALJIT147 on October 7, 2022 at 8:07 am

    There are so many half truths and intentionally miss-characterizing opposing arguments in this video that I wonder who is paying him…

  22. gbmorones on October 7, 2022 at 8:08 am

    I’m counting my macros right along with weightlifting/exercise and I feel amazing!! I’m 4 weeks in and have lost exactly 4 pounds! Super sustainable and is teaching me what’s in my food

  23. Michael Gonzalez on October 7, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Bruh lmao

  24. Gianna on October 7, 2022 at 8:11 am

    I tried to lose weight without counting calories, and I didn’t make any progress. I built a little muscle and that was it. I then tried a calorie deficit and counted, and I was probably on the verge of developing anorexia when I realized I was doing it wrong. Once I found a healthy amount to eat, and stopped beating myself up when I went over a little, I actually started to lose weight. So far I’ve lost 8 pounds in 2 and a half months, which I’m very proud of. And I’ve also gained a lot of muscle. You just have to be careful that you don’t fall into bad habits, it definitely works.

  25. Wonder for Advent Season on October 7, 2022 at 8:12 am

    The problem is not that some won’t get results counting calories, the problem is nutrition isn’t about calories and a calorie counting lifestyle is basically an eating disorder.

  26. Mike on October 7, 2022 at 8:12 am

    I love Dr Fung but a calorie deficit is the way to lose weight

  27. anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 8:13 am

    No it’s not

  28. B W on October 7, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Legacy Media is dying sad to watch.

  29. N W on October 7, 2022 at 8:16 am

    buT bUt! 70% diet 30% exercise vrooooo

  30. Barry on October 7, 2022 at 8:16 am

    This is the stupidest misinformation. Of course lowering calorie intake will reduce body fat. Maybe your body will burn less than before but the ratio doesn’t remain the same. Otherwise nobody would gain or lose weight regardless of their diet.

    Why not say ‘Counting calories is more complicated than you think.’ rather than this misleading title?

  31. Ashley Marie on October 7, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Whatever you think hahahahha. I have counted macros, ive done ww points ive done it all. The only way ive been able to lose weight and keep it off is to count straight calories and set a budget. I lose weight every single time. Regular exercise helps too. Calorie counting and regular exercise had always worked for me like a charm. The ski slope on my weight chart takes a steady nose dive every time. Periods of major stress where my work outs dropped off are the main reason i ever gained weight back. Exercise also changes what foods i crave as a side effect. I no longer crave sweet and fatty foods when i get my metabolism fired up. I also crave a lower amount of food in general. To me exercise kick starts the process and gets your body back in balance then a little bit of attention to what you put in your mouth is all thats needed. Naturally you will learn to eat less calorie dense foods because you will have a set budget and try to squeeze more food in. Thus you will almost always, if you stick with it, find foods that are better for you and also foods you like. And your tastes will change. You’ll start not liking a lot of foods you used to and view them as empty calories or what i would call “trash” or “garbage food”. Just not worth eating. Thats the beauty of a straight calorie budget instead of macros. You allow an intuitive food selection instead of rigid plan. Also eating the same things every day for convenience and my low ability to plan and be creative really works for me. Ive eating a plain turkey on wheat sandwich for lunch more days than i care to admit. And banana for early morning then at breakfast oatmeal with cinnamon, raisins and zero calorie sweetener and bacon or some other breakfast meat every morning for years. And it worked for me. For weight loss and i was happy and satisfied. During summer tons of melon and scambled eggs for breakfast. And oatmeal too. Never deprived but also ate low calorie density foods.

    Macros and specific diet plans can feel too restrictive and therefore lead to diet burnout and less overall success in obtaining weight loss goals. What i find is, do what works for you, and dont listen to these fancy headlines to tell you what you should do. Just play around with different methods and be CONSISTENT. Key is consistency. Meaning daily it virtually daily. If you mess up for one day, blow it off and jump back in. Overall you should be making more progress. In my experience i need to stay consistent for about 2 months to really start seeing scale moving. I know this and i know the lag time and know that results happen. But it will take time but is so worth it. Main issue with society is instant gratification. And then when things go wrong, self indulgent behaviors and self soothing behaviors are king. Thus, high obesity rate.

    Be the minority. Just be consistent and patient and it will pay off.

  32. Juan Rivera on October 7, 2022 at 8:20 am

    So what about the doctor that lost weight eating nothing but junk food for a month and only lowered his caloric intake… yes it isn’t healthy but proves that calories are JUST as important

  33. Trevor Wilson on October 7, 2022 at 8:22 am

    This is NBC in a nutshell. They would have someone telling you one thing "doesn’t work" only to never provide the information that does work.

  34. David Park on October 7, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Remove this

  35. FueledByHate on October 7, 2022 at 8:25 am

    This is absolute horrible advice

  36. Michelle Hobbs on October 7, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I calorie count and focus on eating mainly healthy foods, to great success! At the end of the day if you burn 🔥 more calories then you take in, then you will lose weight.

  37. Mckenna Benjamin on October 7, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Um… I lost 30 pounds by counting calories honey.

    Don’t let this man discourage you. I can’t believe what he’s saying here because it worked so well for me. I visibly saw my waist go down. I had most of my weight in my waist and arms and I lost all the fat in those areas. If you want the best results, do a little exercise or stay active at the same time as counting calories.

  38. mizzmini45 on October 7, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Not it works. I even did it on a calorie counting fast food diet and lost a lot of weight I just run a lot. I always wanted to be that skinny girl who “ate” whAtever she wanted lol. Now I count calories but in healthy foods

  39. alwaysyouramanda on October 7, 2022 at 8:33 am

    What he’s saying is, a gram is a gram but it may feel different depending on your energy levels.

  40. Tasty Shreds on October 7, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Imagine being a doctor and believing this 😂

  41. Arjun Mangat on October 7, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Been in 30 bodybuilding shows in the past 10 years, and calories in and calories out is how I’ve one 17 of those shows

  42. Ernie Ramos on October 7, 2022 at 8:38 am

    This guy is twisting it by adding Bodyfat to the equation.

  43. Bass PassionGuide on October 7, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Calorie in and calories out , has been proven for years there is no room for debate , what mr fung is doing is saying some out the box stuff that gets views and spreading misinformation, i lost 30 kg close to 100 lbs in 6 months of a calorie deficit without a single day of training , if you are struggling to find good people that speak the truth about diet here are some names : greg doucette , biolayne , sean nealwanyj ,

  44. N8 on October 7, 2022 at 8:40 am

    *facepalm* The reason people used less energy when eating less is because they lost weight! BMR decreases the lower your weight is!

    Also, wasn’t his argument about types of calories, not caloric deficit? Everyone knows a brownie and a vegetable aren’t nutritionally equivalent. But nutrition == weight.

    You will still lose weight if all you eat is 1000 calories of sub par food every day, but you will have various other health issues related to poor nutrition.

  45. StumpinGrimy on October 7, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Soo, wth do you do?

  46. Melissa Traficante on October 7, 2022 at 8:41 am

    This dude don’t know what he’s talking about I lost 80 lbs by counting calories

  47. R W on October 7, 2022 at 8:41 am

    I could not disagree more. A calorie is a calorie. Doesn’t matter if it is from kale or a Pepsi. It’s so easy to lose weight. Eat fewer calories. Period. Don’t starve yourself. If you need energy quickly to do a task, get your calories in liquid form. I drink a 10 ounce glass of grape juice. Carbs are not bad as long as you are burning them. Take in carbs before being active. Never take in alot of carbs before bed. Your body will store them as fat. Protein and complex carbs are best for losing weight because it takes your body more energy to process them….so you get more calories for your buck. It’s more complicated than calories in/out, but it’s a good measuring stick.

  48. Beanmaster73 on October 7, 2022 at 8:42 am

    No one counting calories eats junk food as their main foods

  49. Nehemaia Lord on October 7, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Then what is the solution. Im pretty sure you cant just pig out on meals.

  50. Parth Singh Tomer on October 7, 2022 at 8:44 am

    greg doucette would be angry yet again 🤣🤣