Stop Counting Calories And Lose

Counting Calories

We’ve known for years that the key to losing weight is to take in fewer calories than you expend in any given day, right? Well, that’s technically still true, but just counting the calories you eat every day to balance your input vs. output is actually a pretty terrible way to diet.

Stop Dieting

First of all, you shouldn’t be “on a diet” to lose weight. Yes, you need to change how you eat and what you eat, along with how much you workout, to see the number on the scale tip downwards. However, if you don’t change your lifestyle, when you stop restricting calories, you’ll just gain weight again. Change the way you think about losing weight – it’s not a temporary diet, it’s a permanent lifestyle that must last forever.

Don’t Restrict Nutrients

If you count all calories the same, you’re running the risk of not getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients in your diet. You should never feel guilty about eating a handful of grape tomatoes or baby carrots, and the calories in a piece of salmon can’t be compared to the calories in a piece of cake.

Replace Unhealthy Snacks

If you’re trying to lose weight, carry around a notebook for a week and record everything you eat. Don’t feel guilty, and don’t try to change anything that first week. After that week, go through your journal and cut out one unhealthy snack for a week, then another, and another. You can start replacing some of those snacks with healthy snacks like apple slices, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables as you go.

Stress Less

Counting calories can be stressful. You might run out of allowed calories for the day early on if you eat something unhealthy or calorie-dense. Then you’ll feel hungry and stressed out for the rest of the day. That stress and hunger activates cortisol production, which promotes fat storage – the opposite of what you want to do. So relax, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly. You’ll get there!

Sources:
Personal Experience

http://pilatesnutritionist.com/6-reasons-to-stop-counting-calories-11-things-to-do-instead/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/5-reasons-why-you-should-stop-counting-calories.html

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

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