Importance of counting calories
If you have just started counting calories, you must be feeling awkward and must be thinking that who counts their food. Wait until you start seeing results after doing it for sometime. In a few weeks, you will start seeing drastic changes in your body if you start consuming the exact calories that your goal demands. No one bite more, no one bite less. Also, as JC said before, if you can count your money, you should count your calories too. You are so concerned about your financial health then why to lag behind in taking care of your physical and mental health. Why count calories: *No Little eating for weight loss: You have to eat in deficit to lose weight. Counting calories helps you create a small deficit in your diet which will give you the flexibility to eat more and lose fat during the process. *Diet can have flexibility: If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM), you can add in your diet. there are no “bad foods” and it allows you to choose any food, as long as it fits within your macronutrient needs. If eating a piece of dark chocolate gives you a happy feeling, you can make it a part of your diet. *Diet more aligned to your goal. If you want to gain weight, you should eat 100-200 calories more than your TEE. If you want to lose weight, you should eat 100-200 less than maintenance. Therefore, you don't have to shot in the dark. Your diet will be aligned to the goal you want to achieve. *No guilt when you put food in your mouth: You will establish a healthy relationship with food. Eating is not bad but important. You should eat to feed your body. *Adjust your diet with how the day proceeds: If you munch on a piece of pizza, that will not screw the rest of your diet for the day. You can still add it to your diet and adjust the calories elsewhere. *Food logging helps keep on track with the diet: When you log your food in the apps like myFitnessPal, FITTR, etc, you will eat consciously. The chances are less that you deviate from your diet. However, for it to work, you need to record food portions correctly. Here are a few common ways to measure portion sizes: 1.Scales: The most accurate way to determine how much you're eating is to weigh your food. This is the most precise way to know what grams of food you are going to put into your mouth 2.Measuring cups: Standard volume measures are slightly quicker and easier to use than a scale, but it gives you approx measurement. Sometimes 30 gram is 25 grams and sometimes 35 grams. 3.Comparisons: Using comparisons to common items is quick and easy, especially if you're away from home. However, it's much less accurate. Feel free to use this method during your travels.