Do You Need To Count Calories To Lose Weight?
No. Not necessarily.
Can it be a useful tool to help you lose weight? Yes.
To lose weight, you have to eat less calories than your body needs.
If you choose to count calories or not, that rule doesn’t change. Eat too much and your body will react by gaining weight.
So, can you lose weight without counting your calories?
You can BUT it comes at a cost.
For the most part, you will likely have to eat the same foods a lot of the time. Most people I know who are in decent shape and don’t count calories have a pretty boring food intake.
These people tend to load up on lean meats, fish, fruits and veggies. Now, that isn’t a bad thing. Far from it.
A diet rich in these foods is hard to overeat on – meaning you MAY be able to lose weight without counting calories by adopting this approach.
The problem is most people would have a hard time sticking to such a diet. In a world where many people lack discipline and act on impulse, purchasing “junk” food is easy and convenient.
Higher fat and higher sugar foods like cheese, nuts, chocolate and sweets are easy to overeat on.
Meaning that if you don’t track these kinds of foods you can easily start to add weight. And before you know it you’re 10 pounds heavier than you were 6 months ago.
So, if you aren’t great at eyeballing food and working how many calories are in it (most people suck at this) then counting calories is a viable option.
When you count calories you give yourself the flexibility to include some “junk” food now again in your diet and still manage your food intake.
Note the phrase “now again”. Counting calories isn’t an excuse to ditch the lean proteins and veggies. It’s a way of still consuming those foods with a little more of the “exciting” stuff to go with it.
Because, let’s face it, most people love to eat cake. Or ice cream. Or cheese. That’s the real world and those foods are delicious.
So, yes, you can lose weight without counting calories.
But for most people, at least for a short while, it makes sense to count and educate yourself about the amount of calories in food.
If you need help with working out how many calories you should be eating for fat loss, I put together a simple guide that you can start with >>>>> How To Calculate Your Calories For Fat Loss
If you need extra help, drop me a message and I’ll get back to you.
Hope that helps.