Many people make the mistake of obsessing over their calories. If you’re wondering whether you should count your calories, the answer will depend on your goals.
Are you losing weight to get a set of ripped abs?
Are you obese and need to lose a huge amount of weight to become healthy?
Or are you just mildly overweight and want to shed a few pounds?
If you’re trying to get a six pack, then yes, you’ll need to count your calories and monitor them closely because you’re trying to achieve a body fat percentage below 10% and every calorie counts.
If you’re obese, as long as you exercise and eat slightly less than you normally do, you’ll shed weight gradually and in a healthy manner. Slow and steady is the way to go.
If you’re mildly overweight, you’ll need to have a general idea of how many calories you need and roughly target that number. As long as you are running or exercising, your metabolic rate will be high and you will be burning the fat. There is no need to watch the calories too closely unless you do not see any change in your body fat percentage.
There are several excellent guides on eating for fat loss. These guides will show you how to eat in a manner that will force your body to burn fat. One of the better guides online is known as “Eating Healthy”. It will guide you on an eating method that is so revolutionary that the body has no choice but to lose the fat. Implement the info in the guide and start running. It’s an awesome combination that will make you a fat burning furnace.
The key is to keep it simple. Eat wisely and moderately and exercise. Your body will automatically get stronger and healthier. The mistake most people make is that they try to do too much too soon. They start exercising daily, restrict their calories ridiculously, start eating healthy food that they are not used to, etc. They are setting themselves up for failure without even realising it.
The first step is to know how many calories you need to consume to lose weight steadily. You can find this out at http://www.wakehealth.edu/patientsAndVisitors/healthCalculators.aspx?cid=5
Now, once you are aware of the numbers, you should eat moderately throughout the day to meet the number. Never cut your calories too drastically and hope to lose more weight. Your body will go into starvation mode and hold on to its ‘precious’ fats. It’ll become more difficult to burn the fats.
So, just follow the number provided by the calorie calculator and you will drop the pounds steadily. Initially, you may need to check the calories of the food you eat to know roughly how many calories you are consuming. You can always Google this and know. After some time, you’ll roughly know how much to consume.
Do not change your diet too drastically. Just eat the same foods you are accustomed to but just eat them in smaller amounts. Switching to clean, healthy, wholesome food is a daunting task and takes time to get used to. Ditching the pizzas and wings for lean chicken breast and broccoli is enough to make most men weep.
A better way to do it will be to eat 3 slices of pizza instead of the usual 5 slices you’re used to. With time as you gain better self-control over your eating habits, you may switch the foods for healthier options. Take it slow.
Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, it is hard.