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Counting Calories

I'm tired of counting calories. In 5 months I have lost 25 pounds with the calorie counting and exercise. I am doing well going to the gym almost daily but I don't want to have to count calories for the rest of my life to continue to lose weight and eventually maintain weight. Any suggestions for alternatives? 
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Re: Counting Calories

  • kipnuskipnus member
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    Just food journaling, without counting up the calories, might still be effective. It keeps you more aware of what you are putting into your mouth. Honestly, you'll always have to control your portions if you want to maintain your weight. Eat slowly. Don't eat in front of the TV.
  • If you make sure you are eating very clean, you can listen to your body and it's very unlikely you'll overeat. So as long as you're sticking to fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein, you can pretty much just eat when you're hungry and don't eat when you aren't. It's the processed food, high fructose corn syrup, etc that mess with our bodies' hormones and make us want to overeat and have tons of hidden calories. Good luck!
  • Thank you! I will give some of these a shot. I know several gals on WW so I will ask them about it. I am gluten intolerant so that helps with quite a bit of things I used to eat (I would live on bread). 
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  • image stacey1508:
    If you make sure you are eating very clean, you can listen to your body and it's very unlikely you'll overeat. So as long as you're sticking to fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein, you can pretty much just eat when you're hungry and don't eat when you aren't. It's the processed food, high fructose corn syrup, etc that mess with our bodies' hormones and make us want to overeat and have tons of hidden calories. Good luck!

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  • For people who have done food journaling, do you find it more successful to journal with a physical notebook, or on a computer/smartphone/website? I need to start doing this.

     

  • I'm a fitness and nutrition coach and always feel that after 3-5 months you should have a good idea of how much to eat. Your body begins to autoregulate and will automatically know when to stop eating. 

     

    You love how you feel. You love how your body is transforming. You wouldn't rob yourself of this by over eating.

     

    By now you should also have  a clear indication on how portions look. What a portion of protein looks like, how much of your plate should have veggies, ect.

     

    Your new lifestyle should be enjoyable and you shouldn't feel trapped by it.  

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