Counting calories can help you keep track of how much food you’re eating. But with so much going on in our everyday life, it can be difficult trying to write down the calories of every single thing that you eat throughout the day.
As much as we like to think counting calories contributes to weight loss, it really doesn’t. You can lose weight without counting a single calorie. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the tips below that’ll help you lose weight without counting calories.
Don’t starve yourself
We all know that eating smaller portions of food is recommended when dieting, but skipping meals does more harm than good. When you skip meals, your cravings increase and you’re more likely to start binge eating. Instead of eating one big meal a day, try eating three small meals during the day.
Stop eating late at night
After putting the kids to bed, you might want to have a late night snack to help you settle down. As much as a late night snack might seem like a food idea, it really isn’t. Eat meals that are high in protein during the day to keep you full and to avoid getting hungry again at night.
Use the half plate rule
Fill half of your dish with vegetables, salad, and fruits. These foods are loaded with nutrients and low in calories and fat. Filling half of your plate with healthy foods prevents you from eating more fatty foods.
Stop stressing over your weight loss progress
It’s easy to become obsessed with numbers when you’re focused on losing weight. Do yourself a favor and get rid of your scale! Once you cut out sugar and processed foods, then you’ll start to see progress in your weight loss. Find ways to take your mind off of losing weight while continuing to eat a healthy balanced diet. Read a book, write in your journal, do yoga, and just finding simple ways to keep your mind occupied will help.
Sleep 8 hours a night
A good night’s rest is the key to having a good day. It’s also a major factor in losing weight. Not getting enough sleep can make your cravings increase and stall your weight loss progress. Put your phone on silent, turn off the television, and go to bed at a reasonable time.
Walking more increases your activity which will burn more calories. If you work a desk job, try taking the stairs instead of using the elevator. After work, go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood or walk a mile on the treadmill.
Eat a balanced meal
There’s no doubt that you need to eat healthy portions of well balanced meals. Whole foods will give you energy and keep you full for longer. Make sure your diet is loaded with lean protein, leafy greens and veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats.
Don’t waste your time counting calories. Focus on working out and eating super foods and watch the pounds melt right off. Share your weight loss tips with me in the comment section below.