Stop Counting Calories
Imagine not dieting. Not counting calories. Sound appealing?
You need a system that helps you look at food a little differently. Your “diet” would be the same, whether you’re trying to lose fat or maintain your weight after the fat’s already gone. And it would be easy.
Is this possible?
Weight Loss 101
Weight loss is a basic equation: calories in < calories out.
People like to make it much more complicated than this. And they’re right that the science behind it is complex.
But no matter how you spin it, the bottom line is the same:
If you consume more energy than you expend, your body has to store it somehow, and you’ll gain weight.
If you expend more energy than you eat, your body will take stored energy from somewhere, and you’ll lose weight.
Yes, the actual science is tricky, but that doesn’t mean your approach has to be.
So if calories in vs. calories out is accurate (albeit simplified), why not count calories?
Here are some things I don’t like about it:
You have to look it up. That takes time you might not have.
Calories listed on food labels and databases are frequently off by as much as 20%.
Knowing where to start is complicated because the calories burned each day varies widely from person to person.
Every calorie having to be calculated and accounted for can create unnecessary anxiety.
It's hard to keep up. You may do it for a few days, but then you get busy and stop tracking it.
Instead of counting calories, here is what you can do instead:
(Aside from the details in the infographic above, this system can easily be tweaked based on the results you’re seeing, individual needs, and your goals. Email me with any specific questions.)
This method has worked for over 100,000 people. (Precision Nutrition, who my nutrition coaching certification is through, came up with it and has been using it successfully for years.)
By making the appropriate adjustments, it works just as well as calorie counting. And for most people it works even better because it’s easy and convenient enough to do for the rest of your life.
Here are a few other things I like about it:
It counts calories for you. No math or scale needed.
Your hands are always with you.
Your hands are scaled to your size. Bigger person = bigger hands, so the more food you'll need and get.
It's easier, and more effective, to focus on learning your own hunger cues, rather than crunching numbers.
Do What Works
Losing weight is never easy. But how you go about it doesn’t have to be complicated.
If counting calories works for you – if you are already seeing great results and enjoy tracking the numbers – by all means, keep counting. But if you don’t like doing it, or are on again/off again, and especially if you haven’t gotten steady, long lasting results, it’s time to try something else.
It’s always easier having someone tell you exactly what to do. But if you like to do things yourself, or can’t afford to hire someone to help you, this plan is more than a solid start. Screenshot or save the graphic with all the details, and start implementing it today.