Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying to count calories but its just getting to confusing and time consuming? Many people count calories to try to lose weight but is this the right tactic to use to lose weight or is it just confusing and time consuming?
Calories are mesurements of energy that you are taking in and using each day. It is important to monitor how many calories that you consume on a daily basis so that your aren't eating to much. However; it is more importatnt that you monitor where those calories are comeing from (Fats, Carbs, Alcohol, Protiene.....) rather then the exact number of calories you're consuming every day. You wont have to watch the number of calories that you take in like a hawk if you are eating he right foods. If your diet consits of mainly fruits and veggies you won't have to stress over the number of calories that you consume as much as you would if your diet consits of maily of meats and carbs.
A large number of veggies have what are known as negative calorie values. What are negative calories you say? Negative calorie foods are foods like celery that takes your body more energy to digest them then they provide the body.
If calorie counting isn't nessicary to lose weight how do I monitor my food intake to successfully lose weight? It is simple you still need to read the labels but you won't be reading them for the number of calories that they have in them you will be reading them for the serving size and other nutritional values such as grams of fat, carbs and protien. You will want to look for foods that are low in fat and high in protein.
Also to take off the weight with out having to count calories you will want to eat small meals every 3 to 4 hours instead of eating 2 or 3 large meals every day. With these small meals you will want to make sure that each of them consist of some kind of fruit and or viggie and a protien. You will want to eat your largest meal for breakfast to help fule your body for the day. By eating more often your motabilism will always be working making it more efficent in breaking down the food and you wont be as hungry if you are eating more often so you are less likely to over eat.
Calorie counting is a very valuable tool to use when trying to lose weight however; so many just get caught up with just the number of calories that they are consuming and not the quality of the source of the calories. So don't just focus on the number of calories that you are taking in each day. Focus harder on the quality of the calories that your are putting into your body. Once you get started eating the healthier foods you will find that the higher fat foods don't apeal to you any more and if you are anything like me the smell of fast food will make you sick. One ending note for you below you will find how many calories are in each garm of fat, carbs, protein and alcohol.
1 gram of fat has 9 calories
1 gram of carbs has 4 calories
1 gram of protein has 4 calories
1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories.