Can you lose weight without being an obsessed calorie counter? 6 Tips from coach Paul.

Can you lose weight without being an obsessed calorie counter? 6 Tips from coach Paul.

Do calories matter when it comes to weight loss? Obviously! The answer is yes. In order to lose weight, you must be in a caloric deficit. There is no way around it, not optional!  However, counting calories can be a son of a bitch, I've been there. It's super annoying trying to sit down with with friends and estimating how many calories are in the sauce on your salad dressing or how many tablespoons of oil the chef put on your eggs. Good luck with trying to keep track of those calories after kicking back the drinks.
 



The question is, can you lose weight without actually counting calories?


There are some valid reasons to count calories, such as educating yourself and understanding portion control, or if you are a body builder trying to reach 4% body fat, but for the majority of us, there are many many reasons to NOT count calories. Some reasons include: 

  • You probably suck at it: Some studies have shown that people under estimate their daily calories count by 30-45%!
  • Counting calories tends to put people into a shitty mindset. Being focused on the calorie count tends to make people forget about actually eating quality food. The quality of food is important, sure you can lose weight if you eat low nutrient density foods, but its going to lead to low energy and weak muscles. 
  • It's just simpler not counting, and you don't become an obsessed calorie counting asshole. No one wants to be around you while you are putting all your energy into calorie counting, and you have better things to worry about than writing down every macronutrient into your cell phone. 

I can continue listing reasons, but instead, how about I just give a a few simple tips to work on instead of counting calories. 

TIP #1
Drink water. Like a lot of it. 

Why? 
1) Water has been shown to slightly increase metabolism. 
2) Water has been shown to eliminate some hunger cravings, and helps keep you full. 

TIP #2
Avoid foods that are not satisfying and food with low nutrient density. This includes pretty much all processed foods, sugar, flour, etc... 

Why? 
It's going to be very difficult to lose weight while not counting calories if you are eating foods like this. These foods will leave you hungry pretty much immediately. They also have more calories in a small amount of food. 

Tip #3
Eat a shit ton of whole veggies, and a shit ton of lean protein! 

Why? 
Well, for one, protein and veggies make you feel full, for longer, and keep you from having cravings right after eating. Combining high fiber, high nutritiant density foods with high quality protein will leave you more satisfied than your bag of Uncle Ben's steamed rice any day of the week. 

TIP #4
Sleep.

Why? 
Lack of sleep is linked to higher cortisol. Leading you to have more shitty food cravings, most likely leading to you getting fat.  


TIP #5
Eat Slow. 

Why? 
If you are like me and like to pound an entire Chipotle burrito in 3 minutes, you probably still feel hungry after, leading to eating 5 more burritos. That's how you get fat. If you slow down and try to enjoy it, you may just find yourself eating only one Chipotle burrito. The bottom line with this tip, is eating multiple Chipotle burritos will make you fat, guaranteed. 

What would you add to this list? 

TIP #6: 
Hire a nutrition consultant. 

Why? 
Because these tips make no sense to you, and you need more help. I recommending talking to a registered dietician from www.thecorediet.com. They have completely changed my understanding of nutrition. They work with some of the top athletes in the world, but also work with people just looking to get healthy. 

 

Questions? 

Contact Paul directly. paul@qt2systems.com




About the author: 

Paul is a United States Army Veteran,  USAT Certified Coach, QT2 Systems Level 1 Coach, and OutRival Racing Level 3 coach. 

Paul also competes in triathlon and running events in his spare time.

  • 70.3 PR (4:24:26)
    140.6 PR – (9:51:53) 
  • Half Marathon – (1:24:21)
  • Marathon – (2:57:27) 

Questions? 
Contact Paul directly. paul@qt2systems.com






 


 


 

 

 

RECIPE: High Protein, Low Calorie blended iced coffee. (two ingredients + Ice)

RECIPE: High Protein, Low Calorie blended iced coffee. (two ingredients + Ice)

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