Counting calories, tracking your intake, watching portions and serving sizes… while it’s something we talk about a lot in the health and fitness realm, it’s not easily understood as some may believe.
As someone working in the industry, I sometimes forget that many of the concepts and ideas that seem simple to me are often foreign to others. For instance, I’ve gotten emails with basic questions such as “should I use a kitchen scale or measuring cups?” or “Should I count macros, calories, or both?” I’ve even gotten the “do calories even matter as long as I’m eating clean?” That one always gives me the lol’s.
Before we go any further, I figure I’d better explain why I’m writing this piece.
This is strictly for those who have questions about counting calories, or about how to track their intake. There are some very strong beliefs about whether or not you should track your intake.
I realize that the majority of my work is based around making this fitness lifestyle easier and more laid-back than the average, frustrated bro who thinks he has to eat nothing but chicken and brown rice 10 times per day.
I also realize tracking your calorie intake can seem cumbersome and that it has potential to become an obsession (for those who have extreme personalities). I used to be that extreme person, but I woke up and wrote my Fat Loss Cheat Sheet.
Also, I’m writing this to serve as a resource for my clients and for those who email with questions about tracking their intake.
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