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Calorie counting is the foundation of every diet.

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Any diet towards “weight loss” really comes down to creating a calorie deficit.

When you’re consuming less calories, you lose weight.

A carb-cutting diet like Keto will have you cut down on carbohydrates which have you eating more vegetables and nutritious foods; therefore, you’re eating more of what your body needs vs. eating refined carbs such as bread or rice.

So if you're able to eat all the carbs you want, within a calorie deficit, why not keep eating them? Your body needs carbs! Calories, however, do suck at telling you about the quality of the food. When we talk about food, we talk about three main macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Food tracking creates awareness. Even by doing it just once, you will realize you’re probably consuming too much or too little food a day.

The best way to reach your specific fitness goal, is to know how much you should be eating, thus counting your calories.

No, counting calories isn’t something you want to do forever, but it gives you an idea of what food is and helps understand portion control.

Everyone has a different caloric intake depending on your size and various other factors.

If you’re considering tracking your calories, I highly suggest educating yourself first and seeking professional guidance.

A way to start is by simply becoming aware of your own eating habits.

For example; start a food diary or better yet a simple note on your phone, and begin to see if you’re eating enough fruits/vegetables. Make note of important things such as; are you prioritizing macronutrients (Carbs, Protein, Fats)?

From my time training, I have found most of my clients realize they weren’t eating enough, and when we began tracking calories and focusing on a balanced macronutrient ratio it was like a dream come true knowing it meant they now have the opportunity to eat more (of the right foods of course). ;)

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