It is often asked of me during my years of supporting people with weight loss and weight management - Do I need to count calories?

If I consume less calories will this slow down my metabolism?

This is not necessarily true, if you have been overconsuming calories by eating highly processed, high fat and sugar laden foods.

These foods even if you cut down on the quantity or calorie count, will make little difference to your metabolism. As these foods because of their toxicity and lack of nutritional value and damaging affects to your vital organs, cutting back on the calories will have little effect on our weight loss or metabolism.

The Key to losing weight long term, isn't about calorie counting. It is about eating foods that are known as catabolic. That is your body takes more calories to metabolize the particular food than the calories that the food provides.

This is where most of your fruit and vegetables come into play as they are catholic foods. Here is an example: a medium sized apple provides 85 calories, however to metabolize it your body requires 99 calories. Seafood and Organic chicken breast are also classified as catabolic foods.

Here is a list below of Catabolic Foods:


Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapefruit, lemons, limes oranges, papaya, mangoes, kiwi fruit, pineapple, plums, pears, rockmelon, strawberries, watermelon, apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, honey dew melons, nectarines, peaches, tangerines, pomegranates, rhubarb


Sprouts – particularly alfalfa, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots and celery: Chinese greens, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, leeks, lettuces, fresh herbs, peppers, radishes, seaweed, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini, watercress:. Also green beans, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, garlic, onion, parsnips, cabbage and capsicum


Most seafood – including bream, calamari, clams, crabs, salmon, flounder, mussels, prawns, tuna, lobster, sea perch, sardines, scallops, cod and oysters.

Egg particularly the whites (boiled, poached or scrambled), lentils, soya beans, chickpeas, turkey, and chicken breast fillet without the skin, trimmed steak, lean lamb fillets and lean pork fillets occasionally.

Portion size of your protein should be the inside of the palm of your hand.

Organic Natural Yogurt

Cheese in moderation, cottage or ricotta are your best choices.


Smoothies – include coconut water or milk, almond milk: Plus any of the fruits mentioned above. Herbal teas such as green tea, chamomile, peppermint, lemon and ginger

Vegetable juice – including carrot, celery, beetroot (only a half a beetroot), spinach, kale, capsicum, apple, ginger and lime.

Vegetable soup full of potassium can include any of your vegetables from you catabolic list.

Water - Water is vital for every organ, every tissue in your body.

Weight loss should never be the only motivation for taking charge of what we eat.

Our diet is the very foundation of our health and providing our bodies with the necessary nutrients to repair, restore and revitalize.

Enabling us to live not just a long life but a healthy one.

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Empowering You to Optimal Health Julie Doherty N.D

Author's Bio: 

Hi I’m Julie,

Your Health & Lifestyle Coach Specialist
(Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)

I learnt very early in my life that there was much more to health than meets the eye

To achieve “Optimal Health” is about taking control of every aspect of YOU and YOUR LIFE:

That “Optimal Health” is only possible when we understand the unity of our mind, emotions connections to our physical body then our soul that inner voice that knows what is good and not good for us: Not to aim for Perfection but for Connection.

I love to work with people who dedicated who want to succeed in all areas of their life with the understanding that "Health is the very foundation for this to be possible"

So for over 26 years, I have worked with thousands of people in clinical practice prescribing herbal & homoeopathic remedies: implementing dietary changes so as to accommodate the best nutrition and life balance possible:Group and individual Health & Lifestyle Coaching to achieve the Happiest, Healthiest and Most Successful Life Possible.

My Professional Qualifications include Diplomas in Naturopathic, Herbal: Homoeopathic & Nutritional Medicine: Remedial & Therapeutic Massage Therapy: Body Mind Balancing Cognitive Counselling, Life Coaching & Massage: & Natural Beauty:

1.I love to watch movies that are based on true life stories with all the aspects of Life, love, romance, challenges and best of all happy endings.
2.I am born and bred Australian, South Australian with an English, German and Italian background
3.I didn’t commence my formulative studies until I was 28 years of age
4.I am so totally in Love with my husband of now 42 years
5.My family is the most important aspect of my life
6.I am totally passionate and focused on Health and Aging Well.
7.I love Healthy, Fresh food and Dining out
8.I try to go without drinking wine, but I have to admit that when we go out for dinner or have friends over, I do enjoy the odd glass or two of Savion Blanc
9.I love my early morning walks, just seeing the sun come up and the birds singing is just AWESOME
10.I want to live overseas for three months
11.I am obsessed with self-development books and CD’s
12.I love writing, sharing all the great things about life
13.I love hearing my clients life stories and sharing mine
14.I am living proof that by taking charge of your life will allow you to follow your passions, give you the opportunity of to age with great health and vitality.

Julie Doherty N.D
"Recognized as a World Health Leader In Naturopathic Medicine"
Accredited Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society