Stop Counting Calories — Do THIS Instead
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There’s no doubt, counting calories has helped some people lose weight. To be fair, most people don’t get very far with it, and most weight loss that comes from it is temporary, but it technically CAN work.
Out of the small percentage of people that do see success with it, almost no one reports that counting calories makes healthy eating a more natural part of life — something to where you hardly even have to think about it anymore.
For most people, it’s the opposite; counting calories makes them MORE obsessed with thinking about food.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but if you aren’t actually healthier at the end of it (physically or mentally), that’s still a pretty big fail.
Let me be clear, if you’ve struggled with getting the results you want from counting calories, the failure isn’t on your part. There’s nothing wrong with you. It’s a failure on the part of the system itself.
There’s no reason why you can’t find a way to feed yourself more healthy foods, make healthy eating more intuitive for the entire family, and lose weight at the same time.
You just need a more realistic approach.
I’ve done a lot of tracking and weighing of my food. I know the struggles…
I’ve done it at home where it’s easiest (but still annoying). I’ve done it at restaurants where, if there’s nutrition information at all, you just hope the portions are right (but probably aren’t, so also annoying). I’ve even done it while traveling, which is almost impossible (or at least annoyingly complicated enough that it’s not worth it).
It can also be confusing. I know I had questions like…
“How many ounces of meat is this?” “Do I weigh this cooked or raw?” “One result says 150 calories and another says 500 for the same thing — which do I pick?” “Will my friend think I’m weird if I bring a food scale to her house to weigh the potatoes?” (Yes. She will.)
Don’t get me wrong, there are ways to deal with all of these things if you really wanted to.
You just don’t have to.