These Side-By-Side Fitness Model Photos Prove That Calorie Counting Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

So you want to get in shape. What’s the first thing you do? For most people, cutting down your calorie intake is at the very top of the list. For years the health industry has been obsessed with calorie counting, with low-calorie foods popular among dieters. Generally, people believe that the key to getting in shape is eating less and because of this, many dieters fall into the trap of thinking that it’s necessary to eat salads for every meal. Lettuce, anyone?

Going against common belief, fitness model Lauren Argonne recently shared a photo on Instagram, proving that cutting calories isn’t always the key to helping you to achieve your health goals. Two years ago Argonne was unfit, eating badly and seriously lacking in confidence. Unhappy with her body, Argonne followed a strict low-calorie diet and was eating only 1200 calories per day (most women need at least 1800 calories every day depending on their weight and size).

The photo on the right was taken in October 2015,” she wrote on Instagram. “At the time I weighed 50kgs, was eating less than 1200 calories a day, and the only form of exercise I was doing was cardio.” 

In the more recent photo, Argonne explains that she has upped her calorie intake significantly and while she has gained a small amount of weight, it’s clear that she looks fitter and healthier than ever. “The photo on the left is me this week, weighing in at 51kg (I’m 161cm), eating 1700+ calories a day, and training 5 times a week,” she wrote. 

Argonne also explained that as soon as she stopped weighing herself, she started to get much better results. “Scales and weight are not always an accurate measure of a person’s health,” she wrote. “Remember guys, health is not a number on a scale, the length of your waist line or even your body fat percentage. Don’t let some numbers get you down.” 

While Argonne acknowledges that she wasn’t seriously overweight prior to her transformation, she stresses the fact that upping her calorie intake and getting serious about exercise has completely transformed her health – both mental and physical.

Let me get something straight ☝🏼️ There is nothing WRONG with my body on the left. There is also nothing WRONG with the body on the right. But there is a difference between the two. I was unhappy in 2014. I was sick, I was tired, I would emotionally eat and I was extremely self conscious to the point of cancelling on social events. I changed my lifestyle because I was unhappy with the life I was living at the time. And once I realised how great exercise and fitness made me feel I just couldn’t stop! It’s been 2 years and 11 months since I took the photo on the left. We were visiting my grandad on the south coast and it was that day that I decided to switch things around. I took that photo (with my hideously large iPad at the time) to mark the beginning of my fitness journey and I’m so glad I did! It reminds me of how far I’ve come, inside and out. The photo on the right is after 5 rounds of @kayla_itsines #bikinibodyguide. Completing kayla’s guides were another massive achievement for myself. They taught me about appreciating my body’s strength and our ability to complete anything we set our minds to (even 28 minutes of sweat drenching, utterly exhausting BURN)! Fitness isn’t about “how many pounds you lost” or “your body Fat percentage”. It’s about feeling great and learning to embrace your body! Xx

A photo posted by // LAUREN ARGONNE // (@bananasfordays) on

“There is also nothing WRONG with the body on the right. But there is a difference between the two,” she wrote in another Instagram post. “I was unhappy in 2014. I was sick, I was tired, I would emotionally eat and I was extremely self-conscious to the point of cancelling on social events. I changed my lifestyle because I was unhappy with the life I was living at the time.”

Proof that counting calories isn’t necessarily the key to becoming a happier, healthier you.

Read next: A Health Expert Explains What You Should Actually Be Eating If You Want To Lose Weight

Image Credits: Instagram @bananasfordays


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