Counting calories seems to get a bad wrap from the majority. Â “It takes way too much time, I just want to eat my food, or I don’t want to have to worry about tracking it.” Â I hear it all the time. Â People always ask me what should they be eating in order to get in shape.Â My answer always consists of just one word, “FOOD.”
After a long blank stare from my response they seem to be a little confused. Â They expect for me to start naming a bunch of healthy “super foods” thinking that if they eat the secret thing they haven’t found out about yet they’ll get the results they’ve been searching for. Â So they ask again, “No really, what have you eaten today?” Â After the second question I’ll give a little more insight, “Well, today I had protein waffles for breakfast, sometimes it’s cereal or eggs, if I’m planning on a big dinner I’ll just skip breakfast and wait for lunch. Â It usually depends on the day and what I have planned that decides my food choices.Â Most days are usually quite different depending on the circumstances I’m dealt.”
Everyone wants an easier route to a healthier lifestyle, including myself. Â That’s why I choose flexible dieting. Â Is there still work and sacrifice involved? Â Yes, of course. Â Anything worth having is going to take a little adjusting on your part, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Â All it takes is holding yourself accountable on a daily basis. Â Not necessarily by your food choices, but by keeping a healthy balance with food and staying relatively active.
Most likely you aren’t going to be able to eat pizza and ice cream on a daily basis. Â But every now and again you aren’t going to hurt your progress by indulging a little. In fact, it’ll probably help your mind and your body to keep pushing you through your diet. Â That’s the beauty of counting calories. Â It gives you flexibility within your food choices, but not your numbers. Â Which is what’s going to get you closer to reaching your goals. Â It’s not as much about what you are eating, as it is about HOW MUCH of what you’re eating.