Are Counting Calories Important?

If you are just starting out on a health and fitness journey, or you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you do not need to count your calories*. If you want to step up your game once you’ve achieved a habitual clean eating lifestyle, then counting your macros would be a good next step {blog post on that in the future}. What I’m trying to say is, to be realistic and healthy you don’t need to count your calories.*

*BUT, because there has to be a but, you do have to be mindful and aware of serving sizes, portion sizes, and your habits.

Looking at the nutritional label will help you find hidden bad features, such as high-fat calories {among other things that I will blog about in the future}. For example, you want to add dressing to your salad and your options are either ranch or balsamic vinegar.  You take a glance at the nutrition labels of each and decide to go with balsamic vinegar with 0 calories from fat instead of ranch dressing with 130 calories from fat {both with a 2 tablespoon serving size}. Building the habit of looking at nutritional labels and using the serving sizes as a guide will help you choose better options. You will also quickly understand which foods are actually bad for you and fattening that you may consume regularly.

Understanding portions will be helpful for when you build your plate.  For example, you want to fuel your body before a big day walking around at a theme park. To properly fuel your body, you want to have a high carb {mostly fiber} meal. Instead of spooning loads and loads of brown rice, and overeating, you choose a portion that is good for you and your body. {I break this down during the Trim with Jenn programs.} To point you in the right direction, take a look at Choose My Plate for portion size tips.

Eat all the veggies, fish, chicken, beans, etc you want.*
*As long as the sauces and spices aren’t bad…which goes back to the serving size.

A foundation of good habits will keep you on track. Just because your friends are going out to eat and grubbing on fried chicken, doesn’t mean you have to as well. Take that moment to challenge yourself to go against the wind and choose something healthy. Eat clean for 5-6 days in a row before having a cheat meal. Challenge yourself to say no to foods you shouldn’t have. Having a solid foundation of self-discipline will be required if you want to reach your goals.

Stay healthy,

PS: You can get trim with Jenn 🙂 



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My blogging goal is to give you at least one health, fitness and / or wellness tip!

7 Responses

  1. Excellent synopsis. Its interesting how much is out there in regards to health. Then again, what works for one, might not work for another. Still, this is sage advice. Have always been a proponent of ‘whatever works’ for the individual. Also, our health/maladies are caused by different issues. So while two separate people might have the same time of cancer [lung], one might have been caused by smoking, and others by poor diet [perhaps] or something else. IN ANY CASE! Sorry for the tangent. Health is just such an important aspect of my life. Have always tried to help people realize what’s possible from different avenues. Great idea for a blog. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Nice post. Your last line says it all. Discipline is key.
    As you also mentioned. Knowledge is king.
    I have a lot of my clients track macros right off the bat when they are excited about achieving a new body to learn those, “what you can and what you can’t” eat foods.
    By entering data into a log it can help ingrain a foods macros in their heads.this fuels the knowledge while setting a good habit.
    Great post!!

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