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Wellness
Published Tuesday Sep 10, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

Why You Don’t Need to Cut Calories to Lose Weight

Expert Advice
Motivation
Fitness
Food

Calories. Or what we like to call, one of the most misunderstood components of healthy living. We used to obsess over them. Counting and tracking intake to then go “burn” them off. As if they were magical little balls that disappear when we workout.
 
To be honest, learning to stop the counting was scary. We were surrendering a sense of control that we felt when knowing, measurably, the exact amount that came in, and the exact amount that went out. But, that apprehension and the subsequent shift was life-changing. 
 
To feel your best, lose weight, or maintain your health goals, you do not have to be committed to the calculator. It’s more about understanding how your body digests and functions optimally, and less about looking to control and manipulate our bodies through tracking caloric intake. 

Here are three reasons why you don’t need to count calories to lose weight: 

 
Not all calories are created equal.

A hundred calories in a banana vs. a hundred-calorie snack pack are not the same. When we focus on calories, rather than value, we are shorting ourselves nutrition. When we short ourselves nutrition, we end up, well, hungry. Seems counter-productive, no?


Some foods work well together, some don’t.

Some calories are important to include for promoting digestion, upping energy, and delivering nutrients throughout our body. We need some help with the absorption of what we are eating. These factors are way more important than a bolded number on a packet (hello marketing strategy!) 


Fueling your body with fewer calories can cost you more.

Our bodies are amazing—they were designed to build humans. When we fuel up with things that are hard to process and digest, it taxes our body. When we focus on calories, we risk being under-nourished and overfed. Cutting calories is not the goal, it’s omitting the calories that deplete your body and increasing the ones that nourish your body.

We get it. These tips break “norms,” but like we always say, if nothing changes, nothing changes. Not only has ditching calorie counting changed our own lives, but it’s also changed hundreds of others when they made their MOVE. 
 
Want more healthy tips? Check out Move with Mooch and Mel, and follow them at @move.withmm on Instagram! 
 

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Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.