Should you be tracking calories? 🧐
The best part about tracking your calories is that no food is off limits. 🥳 You have the freedom to enjoy all the foods you love, and control the portion sizes to keep you on track with your goals.
While calorie counting is less restrictive than many other eating plans, it does require a high degree of math and planning to figure out how much of something you “can” eat based on what health goal you are trying to achieve.
Here are 5 tips that will help you count your calories without going math-crazy:
➡️ Use an App
My Fitness Pal is an all-in-one fitness and nutrition app that has a database of over 5 million foods and a barcode scanner, making tracking easy.
➡️ Repeat the foods/meals you like
Count the calories the first time, and you’ll know how many calories they contain, which means you won’t have to recount everyday.
➡️ Serve your food in measuring cups.
This is as easy way to maintain portion control without having to count your calories since the serving size will be pre-calculated on the packaging.
➡️ Be conscious….But Not Obsessive
The main reason counting calories is effective is because it forces you to become conscious of the amount of food you are eating. This increased mindfulness is a way to learn about yourself.
➡️ Use calorie counting to focus on hitting your protein and calorie goals.
Don’t worry about carbs and fats. If you are focused on fat loss, the exact percentage won’t really matter as long as you are maintaining a calorie deficit and hitting your protein goals.
Look at calorie counting as a great way to study your nutrition habits, your dietary obstacles, and create a plan that works best for YOU!
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Have you ever tried tracking calories?