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Weight Loss Tip: I Hate Counting Calories, And So Do You

September 22, 2013 by Aaron Snyder in Aaron's Blog, Featured Article with 0 Comments

Oh we hate counting calories.

We so hate counting calories.

Hate is the word.

And why? Why is it such a big deal to just tally up the number of calories we ate at the end of the day?

We do this with our bank accounts, so what is so different about how much energy we take in?

Well for one thing, our debit cards tied to our bank accounts keep a pretty darn good real time detail of how much money is in our accounts at any time, and even the best calorie counting apps aren’t as automated. So that is part of the problem.

Here is one trick that has worked for me with both banking and counting calories.

  1. Know how much you earn, and analogously, how much you burn. You gotta know how many calories you burn per day. Go here if you’re unsure.
  2. Know how many calories are in the typical foods you eat. Come on – even the most die hard foodie eats the same foods 90% of the time, albeit with fancier names (Le Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese anyone?). Know how many calories are in your typical meals. Right now, I eat a steak for lunch everyday, and I know that a 5 ounce portion is about 250 calories (and it may be 237 or 264, but I really don’t care, and neither does my body).
  3. Add up 2) and subtract from 1). And guess what! You’re going to know that answer without any math most days because we really are creatures of habit who generally eat similar things.

Is this perfect? Not by a long shot. But if you’re not counting calories AT ALL, then this is better than what you’re doing right now, and that gained awareness of how many calories you’re eating WILL help you lose weight!

As I will say again and again – no diet needs to be perfect for you to lose weight. It just has to be better than what you’re doing RIGHT NOW.

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