Calorie counting always works as a method of weight control. In fact, it’s impossible for it to not work as long as it’s done correctly. HOWEVER, if there is some form of error in the calorie counting of either your calories in, your calories out, or even both, then obviously it becomes possible for something to not work correctly.
Weigh yourself once a week first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Keep a log of your weight.
Now, take a look at that log of your weight. Is it going in the direction you want it to? If the answer is yes, keep doing what you’re doing. If the answer is no, adjust something until the answer becomes yes.
Not losing weight? Reduce your daily calorie intake by 250-500 calories (or burn an extra 250-500 calories per day through exercise) and monitor what your weight does for the next couple of weeks. Are you losing weight now? Good, keep doing what you’re doing. Still not? Drop another 250 calories and see what happens then.
Not gaining weight? Increase your daily calorie intake by 250-500 calories and see what your weight does. Are you gaining now? Good, keep doing what you’re doing. Still not? Add another 250 calories.
The secret weapon of weight control is to keep a close eye on what your weight is doing, and if it’s not doing what you want it to do, adjust your calories in/out until it does.
You never want to make large or fast changes to your calorie intake. Instead, you want to be very slow and very gradual. It is recommended that weight should be gained or lost at a rate of about 1 or 2 pounds per week. Here’s how:
There are about 3500 calories in one pound. That means if you are 500 calories under per day, you will lose a perfectly fine 1 pound per week. Why? Because 500 calories below each day, multiplied by 7 days in a week, equals 3500 total calories under for the week. And, 3500 calories under equals about 1 pound of weight lost. The same goes for weight gain. If you are 500 above each day, you’ll gain a perfectly fine 1 pound per week.
So, that’s everything you need to know to use calorie counting to control your diet, which will control your weight, which means you’ll be able to make your body do exactly what you want it to do. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? All you need to do now is put this information into effect, stay consistent and enjoy the results. Have fun. If you Want to also find out about how many Calories you need, to lose, gain, and maintain weight click here
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