“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

The ONLY process that works (Part 2)

“This diet is different from all the others, because on this one there’s no calorie-counting and all that BORING stuff…”

Now that we’ve discussed the fact that calorie counting – in one form or another – is one of THE most effective weight loss tools, let’s look at some of the details that’ll help you get moving in the right direction.

Get an app

The first thing you need to do is make calorie counting as easy as you can. This is done by accepting that it’ll require a little effort, and by using a calorie counting app. When you do this, all you really need to know is the size of your servings and you’ll end up with fairly accurate totals.

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There are LOADS of free calorie counting apps available. Do a little bit of research and choose one that suits you.

How much do you CURRENTLY consume?

Next, you need to figure out how much you currently eat on a regular day. Be HONEST. Count every single biscuit, spoon of sugar, fizzy drink, and slice of cheese!

In order to get an accurate average, count your calories for a few days without changing anything about your diet and lifestyle. The number will likely be more than you would have imagined. It might shock you a bit! This is GOOD.

How many calories do you NEED in order to start dropping weight?

Now that you know how many calories you currently consume, you can start working towards a goal. Most average women need around 2000 calories per day to maintain their weight. This varies depending on their activity and fitness levels, but it is a ballpark figure.

If you currently consume 3500 calories, DON’T just jump down to 2000! This is too much of a leap, and you won’t be able to sustain such a big jump for very long. Scale down slowly.

For the next two weeks, eat 3000 calories per day. Make sure that these are in the form of high quality, nutritious food. NOT burgers and fries.

Once you’ve scaled down to 3000 calories per day, cut another 500 for two weeks. Do it again until you reach around 2000 – or something that is sustainable and healthy for your lifestyle.

Exactly WHAT foods should make up your calorie total? We’ll discuss that next week…

 

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