Thursday, October 30, 2008

Calorie counting is new? What?

I read a blog post on Jezebel about the resurgence of calorie counting and then I read this NYTimes article about the same thing. I have two thoughts: 1) Why is Jezebel so blatantly ripping off the NYTimes? and 2) What? Huh? How is this new?

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on weight loss (as anyone who has seen the size of my ass can attest to), but if ever me and mine are trying to lose a few pounds, it's always straight to the calorie counting. Any reader of Bridget Jones knows that food diaries (complete with caloric breakdown, and for the more OCD among us, protein and carb breakdowns too) and exact knowledge of calories in any given piece of food are a part of life. I can't remember the last time a diet didn't involve obsessive counting of calories. Who doesn't know that 3700 calories equals a pound of fat and that to lose 2 pounds a week, you have to cut (either through exercise or better nutrition) 7400 calories a week? Who doesn't eyeball the Starbucks menu and know exactly which skinny drink to order in exactly the size that fits in your "snack" quota of calories for the day? Who also doesn't know which fast food items to order (if one must order fast food) off the menu for the lowest-calorie meal?

I know extreme calorie counters (B, I'm looking at you) and I know lazy calorie counters. But pretty much everyone I know - at least the females - count calories in some way, shape, or fashion. I'm quite surprised about the "calorie counting is so 1980s" theme these articles are espousing.

I'll leave you with a Bridget Jones' Diary quote, which related to alcoholic units, calories, and cigarettes: Calories/Units/Cigs? "Oh ziiiillllliiiiooonnnsssss....." (It's possible I added a letter or two.)


RanaElizabeth said...

Hah, I don't count calories and couldn't count them even if I tried. I have no idea how many calories are in things and I hardly ever look at the back of the box to even check. It just never seemed worth it. However, I do read ingredient lists and also check sodium percentages. To me, it's much more important the quality of food that I'm eating rather than the calories of each thing. But to be really, really honest? I couldn't care less about the health of what I'm eating as long as it tastes good. And I qualify "tastes good" as something that doesn't give me a food baby- i.e. McD's probably tastes good but will give me the awfullest food baby. Not worth it.

Tina said...

I call my food baby "Mimosa" based on an ill-fated trip to a brunch buffet in Las Vegas.