What’s the best way to lose weight? Should you be counting calories, or is counting macronutrients best? The answer is both simple and more complex at the same time. It’s all about what works best for you. It’s based on your lifestyle, goals and personal preferences. It depends on how accurate you need to be or feel you need to be, whether you want to use the same strategy for the rest of your life and your overall relationship with food.
It all is based on identifying just how much you really eat.
Sometimes, people don’t need to do anything more than simply measure and record what they eat for a few days, before they start to realize that it’s not their slow metabolism. It’s about not only how much they eat, but also the caloric intake/composition of what they eat. If you thought you ate little throughout the day and then began recording food intake, you’re more likely than not to find that you were eating more than you estimated by mindlessly consuming candy and snacks on the run, eating larger portion sizes than recommended and eating food that was either high in simple carbs or calories. It’s about being more aware of your eating habits, so you can change them.
Whether you’re counting calories, counting macronutrients or even noting portion size, you’re more aware of food consumption.
Does that sound like all these methods are promoting mindful eating? In a way, they do. No matter what technique you use, it forces you to identify every ounce of food you put in your mouth and classify it first by portion, and then by either calorie count or macro count. You’re even made more aware of what you drink, since it counts as consumption, and will be more likely to choose an alternative to a soft drink, such as water.
These tracking methods help you make adjustments and learn from your mistakes.
It doesn’t take long before you start identifying just how big one portion of pizza is and how many calories are in a candy bar or pastry. You’ll start making changes to lower the caloric intake or adjust your food to fit an ideal macronutrient consumption level. No matter what type of tracking you use, you’ll become more comfortable with what each bite represents and train yourself to eat healthier.
- The ultimate goal of each type of tracking program is to learn to retrain your brain and body so you never have to do it again.
- After a few weeks of any type of food tracking, most people realize that the loaded fries aren’t nearly as satisfying as their calorie count or macronutrient composition indicates.
- What works the best is the program you stick with and follow until you change your eating habits. It’s one that you can go back to easily if you find you need a refresher course because of weight gain.
- Both techniques help build internal eating guides and aid in developing a more mindful style of eating. They help you learn to identify when you’re really hungry and when you need to stop eating. Shouldn’t that always be the ultimate goal?
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