It seems like such a pain in the butt to have to count calories or use food scales; however, numerous studies show people regularly underestimate how much they consume, and if you want to fit into your skinny jeans or lose some weight, counting calories and weighing food offers lasting benefits.
There are five good reasons, why you should count calories and weigh your portions. Here they are
- Better Choices. When you have only so many calories to work with, you tend to make your calories count and you tend to be chooiser about the foods you eat. With a limited number of calories, you learn some calories or just not worth it and that if you want something extra, you need to budget your calories to get it.
- Exercise Counts. If you’re exercising and watching your calories, you want your exercise to be worth the effort. That means you’re less likely to want a piece of pie because you know to burn it off means an extra hour or so in the gym.
- Healthy Ingredients. Counting calories also encourages you to look at package ingredients and avoid saturated and trans fats. You also learn it’s better to avoid certain foods, particularly if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, and you recognize fewer ingredients generally results in a better and healthier food choice.
- How Many Calories. People often don’t realize how many calories are in what they eat. Counting calories helps you understand what foods are nutritious and what foods offer empty calories. It also helps you realize which foods contribute to making you overweight and which ones don’t.
- Proper Portions. Counting calories and weighing food helps you to understand the proper size of portion. It helps because then you’re less likely to make the mistake of consume a 16 ounce steak thinking it’s an individual serving, when in reality it’s enough for four people.
If you want to make sure you lose weight, don’t be like most people who underestimate what they eat by 47 percent. Watch your caloric intake, write down every single last grape you eat, and weigh food portions. That way you’ll be riding high, when those skinny jeans slip effortlessly over your perfect sized hips.