You Would Be Amazed By How Much You Can Eat (PT 4)

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Eating the right foods isn't always enough. Knowing how much you're eating is just as important. 

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The final message that I would like to communicate is that the thing that I can't fail to mention is that this requires consistency

If you track your calories one day, and the next 4 you skip doing so and eat whatever want, then all of the information I shared is not applicable.  You won't get results.  If you do, then you're lucky and nothing is learned.

If you're consistent and take everything that I wrote previously in Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 series to heart and then follow it with what I'm about to tell you, you will get results.  I had one client who lost 70+ lbs over the course of the year and he was consuming 2,300 calories per day and STILL losing weight at 193 lbs (this isn't some young kid either.  He is a 55 year old professional).

Here is what I recommend/notes:

  1. Calorie tracking is NOT a foolproof system.  It's incredibly complicated and truth be told an educated guess at best.  However, it can be incredibly helpful to at least track for 2 weeks so you can learn to estimate your caloric intake without actually formally tracking it.

  2. Buy a food scale if you're going to try this.  This will help you train your eye so that you can tell what 4 ounces of chicken looks like, what 6 ounces of white rice looks like, etc.

  3. After doing this for 2 weeks, you should be pretty decent at eyeballing your food and estimating how many calories you're about to consume.

  4. If this series has caused you nothing but stress, then do NOT start tracking calories.  Sticking purely with a habit-based approach is probably best for you.  You do NOT have to track calories to get the results that you want.

  5. Now, to contradict point #4, if you have very specific goals or wish to get to a low body fat % (guys this will be the low teens to upper single digits, ladies this will be 16-19% body fat for you) then you will need to really dial in and track meticulously. 

  6. If you need help determining where you should be with your caloric intake and a breakdown of your macronutrients (fat, carbs, protein), then please let me know and we can do that for you.

In closing this series, my goal was to enlighten you a bit on awareness and appreciation for making educated guesses on how much we consume, the quality of the food we consume and how it impacts hunger and total food consumption, giving perspective on total daily caloric intake and what it means for different folks, and to give you some strategies for moving forward. 

My goal is to do a workshop in either January or February that covers this topic at length and allows you all to make even more progress in 2020!



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