Calorie counting certainly isn’t for everyone and I know plenty of people (myself included) who have successfully lost weight without it. However, over the last couple of years I have personally began to really value its importance not only for myself but for a lot of my clients.
It’s one of the only ways to really accurately make sure you are going to be getting results. Why spend weeks modifying what you’re eating only to find out the scales haven’t moved? For novice clients it is a really quick way to educate yourself on how much is in the foods you’re eating or by how much you were originally over eating. The best app/website around which you can sue totally for free is definitely MyFitnessPal.
Here are a few tips to be successful with MyFitnessPal:
- Get the app on your phone, this way you can input foods easily on the go and not have to try and remember what you’ve had over the course of the day
- Initially don’t worry about anything other than your calorie target, not on carbs/protein/fat/salt etc – prioritise getting the calories right first
- You can save meals you eat frequently, to save you in putting them in every time
- Use the barcode scanner when possible, most food packages have a barcode to scan so then you can just input the quantity you’ve had
- When weighing foods like rice/pasta for example, use a standard measure (e.g. ½ tea mug of rice) so you don’t have to weigh out that amount of food every time
- Don’t bother inputting your veg, they don’t contain many calories so not really worth it for the all grief of weighing them out
- Not every meal has to have the same amount of calories, for example you can try having less calories at breakfast & lunch, giving you more freedom at dinner time if you wanted to have a desert for example.
- Finally… be honest with yourself. You should get to a point where you can get your calories right without the app, but initially use it properly in input everything!
Joe Birch BSc MSc Pn-1
Better Body Group gym Blackheath
Personal Trainer Blackheath