Last week, I promised I would devout this week on a weight loss tip so I’m going share with you the core tactic, which is simply calorie counting. Now this is not the only tactic I’m using, but this week I’ll focus on tips to make your calorie counting successful.
In 2002 I was in college and I still had a high metabolism, but I since my waistline was growing a little I decided to start working out. I would go to the gym for about an hour and a half a few times a week. To celebrate my hard work I would go home and eat a big bowl of ice cream and wash it down with a Pepsi. Then I would wonder why I wasn’t losing any weight. I soon realized I could not eat everything I wanted because I exercised. As the old cliché goes it takes a healthy balance of diet and exercise. Therefore, I believe calorie counting is a great way to start an effective diet. Here are a few tips to begin:
1. Utilizing A Calorie Counting App Or Website.
Personally, I use Lost It, but other people prefer using My Fitness Pal, Spark People, and others. If you use these websites or you Google others know that any of all them will guide you in your weight loss journey. So pick a site you like best and stick with it. Also, aim to lose one (1) pound per week. That’s a very healthy and realistic goal to eat the things you enjoy as you track your calories.
2. Don’t Just Count Your Calories; Stay Within Your Daily Limit
Simply counting calories will not work; you have to stay within your daily limit. This may seem basic, but I know people who count calories yet they exceed their daily limit and are not losing weight. Initially this will be tough because you’ll probably blow your budget on one meal, but stick to the daily limit. The hunger pains can be a powerful motivator to research foods that are lower in calories than what you normally eat. The longer you count calories and research your foods the easier this becomes. But, if you don’t stay disciplined you’ll lose an incentive to educate yourself and make your calorie counting easier long-term.
3. Check Your Calories Before You Eat Anything.
In the meantime, research what your food before you eat to learn what contains the fewest calories. On average this takes me about five (5) minutes when I don’t know what to consume. It also helps me to avoid foods that blow my daily budget. I cannot recommend this tip enough. There are restaurants that have “healthy foods” that are really high in calories. You might be surprised at what you discover. Again, this will become easier over time.
4. You Will Fail, But Treat It As A Learning Opportunity.
I have failed and I have learned from my mistakes, which have made me a more efficient dieter. So when you fail it’s all right because you just need learn from your mistakes. Remember, one days failure is forgotten when you try again and succeed in the long-term.
In conclusion, some people will disagree with using a simple calorie counting technique, and even I agree with them. This is because there are more details about what we eat than just the calories they contain. However, my aim in this post is to simply introduce the basics of calorie counting. In future posts I’ll get more technical. For now, I just want to get people started on their weight loss journey and by following these basic tips I believe you’ll see drastic improvement in your weight loss. So don’t give up because this is possible when you remain committed.
See you next week with some more health and wellness thoughts.
My weekly statistics are I now weight 176.0 lbs. down from my original 183.6 lbs. My waistline is now 38 inches from 40 inches. That’s a loss of five (7.6) lbs. and two-inch (2) loss in my waistline.