How many calories have you eaten today? And how many should you be consuming to loose weight? With so many weight loss plans on the market “Eat more protein! No Carbs! Eat “Healthy Fats” – counting calories seems to have fallen out of date. But in my opinion its still the most powerful tool for weight loss and even weight gain that we can get.
The so called “secret” to loosing weight isn’t eliminating carbs or only eating churned up cabbages, it’s a simple combination of “Eat fewer calories and add more exercise”. Both barrels are linked here if you only do one of these your literally shooting your progress in the foot. Managing your diet like this will help you with your weight goals, help you gain more energy and even help stave of a multitude of different health problems.
So why don’t more people track calories? In my mind it’s a culmination of factors from people thinking it doesn’t matter, they don’t have time and are too busy or even people focusing on other nutrients. It can be really simple:
Find out how many calories you need
This will vary due to different factors, gender, age, weight, height and your activity level. You can work your Base Metabolic Rate and then work out exactly how your lifestyle changes those needs by using something known as the Harris Benedict Formula. There are also a lot of calculators out there on google as well.
Count your Calories
It really is that simple start counting. There are loads of apps out there for your phones that make it much easier and quicker for people on a time schedule. I recommend Myfitnesspal you can enter all your details, it will help by telling you what calories you need for your goals. It also has a handy barcode scanner that allows you to directly scan the barcodes on your food !!!!
If you cannot do a simple thing like count your calories, how do you expect to stick to an exercise regime?
EAT THOSE CALORIES
Here”s the biggest mistake I see people do when it comes to calorie counting and loosing weight. Let’s say you have a daily target of 1400 calories to loose weight over an agreed period of time. You then think oh if i eat even less I’ll lose weight faster! This couldn’t be further from the truth, you see that calorie number that you were given? That was given to you for what your body NEEDS to survive. If you do not eat enough your body goes into “protection” mode.
Basically this means if you restrict your calorie intake too drastically your body is going to do what it is designed to do and it will decrease your metabolic rate so it’s burning fewer calories. Now think about it if your body starts burning fewer calories its going to be even harder to loose that weight.
Counting calories really should be everyone’s first steps in taking control of their health. Go start it today!!!!