Calorie Counting Weight Loss
Calorie Counting Weight Loss Explained - Is Calorie Counting Necessary For Fat Loss?By Nick Nilssonwww.fitness-ebooks.com
The million dollar question is: do you REALLY need to count calories to lose weight or reduce fat?
Without further ado, the answer is YES and NO!
Let me explain.
The calorie counting weight loss relationship is one of those things that you either love or hate. Some people feel like they HAVE to do it to get results, while others feel there's NO WAY they would ever be caught dead counting calories.
Most of us already know that in order to lose fat, we have to have a caloric deficit, which means taking in fewer calories than we burn on a daily basis.
Thus, here's the thing: to maintain that caloric deficit and lose weight, you have to be aware of your total calorie intake.
Therefore, the REAL question we should ask shouldn't be: "Is calorie counting necessary?" but "Is calorie AWARENESS necessary?"
Hence, if you have to count calories (by weighing food and referencing various food charts) to be aware of how many calories you're taking in, then THAT's what you will do to get results.
The problem with NOT counting calories begins when a person THINKS they're aware of their caloric intake but in reality they are NOT.
If you're not losing weight now and you feel as if you're not really eating too much, here's something you can try to test your "caloric awareness":
First, write down how many calories you THINK you're eating each and every day.
Then, for the next full week, write down everything you eat. Just write down the foods and portion sizes and don't look up how many calories each thing has.
At the end of the week, get a food chart and research everything you ate and calculate how many calories each meal has. Add everything up and divide by 7 (days). This will give you your daily average caloric intake.
If you are within a few hundred calories of your original estimate, then congrats! This means you have a very good "calorie awareness!"
However, if you're off by a big margin, then this will give you some VERY good feedback on what you should do to get back on track with your weight loss.
Calorie Counting Weight Loss - The Other Side of the Coin
Calorie counting, no matter how careful you are, is simply NOT particularly accurate.
For example, no two pieces of food are the same. If you buy two steaks of the same cut, they can both have a very different composition - one could be lean and the other could be fatty!
However, if you reference a calorie chart, you will see "3oz sirloin steak = 100 calories" or something to that effect. Thus, even if you weigh and chart every single piece of food you put in your mouth, you will STILL be off by a fair margin. This is just a fact.
With calorie counting weight loss, how MUCH you eat is important, but WHEN you eat and WHAT you eat makes a HUGE impact on your results. Therefore, the saying that "calories are calories" is true only to a certain degree.
For example, if you eat a big meal after a workout, most of the calories from that meal will be used for recovery purposes. However, if you eat that same meal late at night, nowhere near a workout, a large portion of that meal will just be stored as fat.
Calorie Counting Weight Loss - What SHOULD you do?
- If you like counting calories and it's working for you (your getting results), then keep it up!
- If you like to count calories but you're NOT getting results, either eat less or make sure you're writing down EVERYTHING you're eating and try to be as accurate as possible.
- If you DON'T like counting calories and you ARE getting results, then keep it up! Calorie counting is NOT really necessary if you're already aware of how many you're taking in AND you're achieving results.
- If you DON'T like counting calories and you're NOT getting any results, then it's time to take 1 week to count your calories and improve your caloric awareness. It's only a week and it'll give you a MUCH better idea of what you're really taking in. In the long run, this will pay off BIG because once you get a feel for your TRUE intake, you can easily keep yourself honest and ADJUST as you go.
So, here's the bottom line - RESULTS! If you're NOT losing weight, then you're not getting the results you want. It's as simple as that. Your entire approach to calorie counting weight loss should be focused on doing what you need to do to get results.
Developing caloric awareness is the key to long-term success with weight loss (and fat loss). If you have to count calories to achieve this, then that's what you gotta do!
About the Author
Nick Nilsson is the Vice-President of the online personal training company BetterU, Inc.
He has a degree in Physical Education and Psychology and has been inventing new training techniques for more than 17 years.
Nick is the author of a number of bodybuilding eBooks including Muscle Explosion! 28 Days To Maximum Mass, Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss, The Best Exercises You've Never Heard Of, Gluteus to the Maximus - Build a Sexier Butt NOW! and The Best Abdominal Exercises You've Never Heard Of.
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