Counting calories in and of itself accomplishes nothing and is not vital to losing weight.
If you’re new to the weight loss journey, the good news is that you can lose weight without counting calories.
Yes, you have read it right, you can absolutely lose weight regardless of the number of calories.
You don’t need to count calories, but every little calorie does count. The truth is, there are many things you can eventually do to lose weight — without ever counting a single calorie because different foods affect hunger and hormones in different ways, and not all calories are equal.
So without arsing around, check out the top proven ways to feel full on fewer calories and to put your fat loss on “autopilot.”
Create an energy deficit by tracking portions, not calories
Start with the approach of tracking portions of food groups, rather than calories, and We like to call it a “Plate Method.”When you create a balanced plate, naturally all the calories tend to fall into place.” So, nope, there’s no counting here.
But yeah, be careful with your plate as it should have lower-calorie-dense foods like vegetables, fruit, hot whole-grain cereals like oatmeal, beans, nonfat dairy, and soy products, potatoes, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, sweet potatoes, corn, and lean animal proteins like fish.
So, this step is much easier, simplistic, and successful, and there is no need to obsess about calorie counting!
Three plates, Two snacks Rule
It essentially means eating three meals, each of which can fit on one plate, and two snacks, each of which can fit in the palm of your hand, every day.
The three plates and two snacks rule is just an example — you can also prefer two meals and four snacks, or four meals and one snack. There are literally many ways out there which you can try and make it work for you.
But if you want to get stricter with this rule then, you could make sure your snack’s a protein or some fruit, and yeah, you are good to go!
But when just starting out in the beginning, especially if someone has a lot of weight to lose, just make yourself sure that the snack fits in the palm of your hand. Even if the snack turns out to be some chocolates, cool, no problem. You got something sweet to eat and you’re not overly restricting yourself.
Make simple food swaps
Another great approach you can consider is to make food swaps that cut calories without you having to count them. We call it a “low-hanging fruit.”
Choosing healthy and nourishing foods will help you stay fuller longer. Let me exemplify this in simpler terms for your understanding, for example, 200 calories of lean protein such as chicken or eggs, will be much more helpful in your weight loss efforts than, say, 200 calories of beer.
So, the big ‘X’ factor for weight control is metabolism rates which differ according to the body types and certain foods that tend to be more favorable in their metabolic effects than others.
Follow the 80-20 rule
To be honest, creating healthy habits take time, be sure to leave room for some little fun during your weight-loss journey. The idea is pretty simple: just eat healthfully 80 percent of the time and leave 20 percent of the time to jollity. That way, you won’t ever feel guilty and stressed if you happen to nab a slice of pizza with your gym buddy. Just try to keep the bar high on your indulgences.
And you can also begin this at the comfort and ease of your home, make your own homemade desserts using quality ingredients instead of buying those packaged, processed cakes.
Last but not the least; Don’t forget your overall health!
Your nutrition is of course the most crucial factor when it comes to the weight loss journey, but it’s vital not to neglect your overall health.
Make sure you’re getting enough good quality sleep, managing your stress levels and anxiety, and keeping active in ways you love and enjoy.