I’m going to be upfront with you, counting calories is a pain in the neck.
So why am I writing a blog about counting calories? Why am I spending the next 30 days counting my own calories?
Simply, because it works.
Whether you are trying to lose 10 pounds or gain 15, the formulas are always the same.
Calories consumed < Calories burned = Weight loss
Calories consumed > Calories burned = Weight gain
This is where the counting comes in. When you take the time each day to track the calories you consume and burn off, you are able to make a significant impact on your weight!
Here are 5 lessons that I have learned from my calorie counting experience:
- Pick a fixed period of time for your calorie counting. It’s a lot of work! Don’t try to do it indefinitely. I have found easiest to commit to a 30-day or 45-day chunk of time.
- Don’t try to make to drastic of a change. Half a pound to one pound per week is sustainable. Any more than that, and your willpower reserve will get deleted over time and the gains you have made will creep away.
- No need to reinvent the wheel. Use an app!
- Scales and Measuring cups make life a bunch easier. Being able to quickly know how much of a specific food item you are consuming.
- Be okay with “close enough”. You don’t need to get to the exact calorie. What you want is a general idea if your week is headed in the right direction.
There you have it. Go ahead, give it a shot.
Give yourself another tool as you continue your journey to become the best version of YOU.