Have you counted calories for weight loss? If you haven’t, you ought to try it, at least for two weeks. One month, however, is ideal. There are a few reasons why you should. Counting calories…
- facilitates progress in the early stages of weight loss.
- helps keep you on track.
- you will develop a greater understanding of nutrition and weight loss, and you will learn more about what you should and should not do, and
- keeps you accountable.
Counting calories is simple. First, you determine your caloric requirements to maintain your weight. There are many calculators available online that use your sex, weight, height, and physical activity level to calculate your maintenance level. Then you simply eat below this threshold daily (up to a 500 calorie deficit) and you will lose weight.
This method of calorie control is effective, particularly for anyone first starting on their weight loss journey. With that said, it is also tedious: it is time-consuming and it defeats the purpose of enjoying healthy food. You should not have to labor all the time when you are working on losing weight.
Losing weight without counting calories is possible. This is the traditional method anyway. But it would be best to move to this stage after you have spent a short time studying and tinkering with your caloric intake.
Starting out by counting your calories will benefit you for the following reasons…
- it teaches you essential habits for weight loss success; like taming your appetite and controlling your portions. These are crucial ingredients for weight loss when you are no longer meticulous with your intake
- it is challenging not to lose weight when you are counting your calories correctly. Getting started on the right foot will help you build momentum, boosting your long-term results
It can be hard to lose weight if you do not know how much you are eating. Many people underestimate how many calories they consume daily.
Monitoring your intake will educate you about your eating behaviors and what needs to be changed. Ideally, you will lose weight after you have spent time counting calories. Afterward, you will have the tools to continue making progress without having to be strict with your intake. You will be able to look at a meal and come up with an accurate estimate of how many calories it contains. You will know when you should pass up a meal to stay on track for the day. More importantly, you will know how to be more efficient.
Counting calories to start with will teach you which foods give you the most return…
- first, log the intake of all foods and beverages for a few weeks.
- use one of the applications online to help you.
Then use the skills you have learned and the knowledge you have gained to lose weight effectively, without having to count calories. There is a good chance you will make more progress this way than if you had not undertaken counting calories at all.