Do you find it difficult to count calories when you are trying to lose weight? Then let me show you some simple tips on how you can do the same without counting calories.
You may have heard a lot of weight loss gurus tell you that you need to track your calories if you want to lose weight.
Others may have told you that there is no need of counting calories. All you need to do is follow their magical diet that will help you lose the weight.
Well, the most important thing that you need to know to lose weight is that you need to get into a calorie deficit where your body burns more calories than what you feed it.
Without a calorie deficit, no method or secret diet is going to help you lose weight.
Of course, it is possible to achieve a calorie deficit either by tracking calories or by using some simple techniques if you are not the type to get busy counting calories.
However, let me tell you that if you do not count your calories, you will lose weight as long as you are in a calorie deficit but once your weight loss stalls, you may have to switch to calorie counting.
Don’t worry it is not that complicated. And once you make it part of your lifestyle, it gets as easy and simple as brushing your teeth.
So, let’s look at some simple ways on losing weight without counting calories.
As we already know, the basis of weight loss is a calorie deficit.
And one of the best ways to achieve a calorie deficit is to consume foods that are low in calories and will make you feel full.
Protein-rich foods are right up there when it comes to having relatively lower calories and increasing your satiety.
However, you need to be careful that the protein that you consume comes from lean meats such as chicken, fish, lean beef, etc. so that you don’t overcome calories due to the additional fat in them.
As a result, you will build muscle and muscle is metabolically more expensive. This means that the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. And this improves your ability to get into a calorie deficit and lose weight.
Remember, the most important factor when it comes to weight loss is a calorie deficit.
So, it is not like the carbs themselves make you gain or lose weight.
Rather, if you restrict your carbohydrate consumption from high-calorie foods such as soda, chips, cakes, cookies, etc. then you put yourself in a good position to achieve a calorie deficit.
Instead, you could consume your carbohydrates from sources such as fibrous fruits and vegetables.
They have a lot of water and fiber content and have a very low amount of calories.
So, in addition to providing your body with all the vitamins and minerals, eating fruits and vegetables will help you lose weight while keeping you satiated.
Avoiding refined and processed carbohydrates will also help you keep your insulin levels in check. Fluctuations in your insulin levels can mess with the hormone levels of ghrelin and leptin. And this is known to make you feel hungry and eat more calories.
Check out this post on how you can start eating healthy and start losing weight.
Your brain is a complex organ that informs your body when you need to eat.
So, there is a method that can be used to trick your brain into eating relatively less food. This will help you consume fewer calories and so get into a calorie deficit.
The simple trick is based on the psychological evidence that your brain tells you to eat more food when you eat it from a large plate.
Conversely, if you eat from a small plate, your brain will get tricked into thinking you should eat less.
Studies have shown that lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity in children as well as in adults.
This is because, without sufficient sleep, the hormones such as ghrelin and leptin get affected. And these hormones are related to how your body feels hungry and has cravings.
So, one of the simplest ways for you to consume fewer calories and increase your chances of losing weight is to get good, quality sleep.
Drinking water has two benefits that assist when it comes to losing weight.
One is that drinking water will help keep you full so that you don’t have hunger pangs and cravings.
Also, drinking a glass or two of water before your meals will make sure that you eat fewer calories.
The second benefit of drinking water is that it is known to increase your metabolism.
The reason for this is that when you drink water, your body has to increase its temperature. It does this by burning more calories for energy thereby increasing your metabolism.
I hope this post has helped you learn how you can start on your journey of weight loss without counting calories if you do not wish to do so.
The simple tips that I have mentioned are easy to implement to get you started and seeing results for your weight loss.
Do check on some other articles like how you can lose weight that go more into details about losing weight with or without exercise.
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