Yes, it’s possible to lose weight without counting calories, and this article will show you how!
If you have ever researched how to lose weight, there is a 99% chance you have been told about counting calories.
There is quite a bit of controversy surrounding around the topic. This is because most fitness experts still subscribe to the “eat less, move more” mantra.
However, there is a problem with that.
This theory operates under the assumption that weight loss comes ONLY from being in a calorie deficit.
Which is wrong.
Other things like hormone levels also play a big role. It’s not just about how much you eat. What you eat is equally important.
And designing a strategy around losing weight WITHOUT calorie counting is not only possible, but something we do every day!
DISCLAIMER: Counting Calories does work for many people, but it certainly doesn’t work for everybody. Here are some reasons not to count calories…
5 Reasons to Skip Counting Calories
1. Weight loss is possible without it.
At Avocadu, our program called the 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge is designed around FAST weight loss without calorie counting. You can read more about it at the bottom of this article.
2. People are notoriously bad at it.
So bad in fact that a recent study showed people underestimate their daily food intake by an average of 47% and overestimate their calories burned from workouts by 30%.
That’s a HUGE amount.
Even dieticians are bad at calorie counting, underestimating their intake by 20% on average per day.
3. Calorie labels are inaccurate.
The USDA has shown that labels can be off by over 20% on the average package.
In this report published on Pubmed, 19% of meals provided by restaurants are off by 100 calories or more. Also, the less calories the food item had, the more likely it was that the food had more calories than labeled.
4. It’s boring and inconvenient.
Nothing is quite as exciting as trying to calculate every molecule of energy you are eating…
Restaurants, weddings, parties, and basically anything “fun” makes calorie counting super inconvenient and inaccurate.
5. It makes people focus on the wrong things.
When the focus is on only calories, people begin to forget about the quality of food being eaten. Yes, you probably can lose weight eating small amounts of ramen noodles…
But will that give you clean energy? Or help your skin quality?
No. It’s for these reasons I don’t really subscribe to the “counting calories” mantra.
10 Tips for Losing Weight Without Counting Calories
1. Fast and drink coffee.
Intermittent fasting is a technique where eating only happens in time blocks. I talk more about this and the health benefits of fasting here.
Most people who use this technique skip breakfast and eat a late lunch. During this time, use black coffee and peppermint tea to curb the hunger.
Alex actually fasts until 5 pm everyday and absolutely loves it. Try it out, and see how it works for you.
2. Pair high-protein with low-carb vegetables in meals.
The most important thing you can do is pair foods that are high in protein with foods that are high in fiber for their satiating effects.
- Veggie and Egg Omelet (heavy on the veggies)
- Chicken Breast and Mixed Grilled Veggies
- Extra Large Salmon Salad
These are some of the best meals to keep the body full without the excess calories.
3. Avoid unsatiating foods like the plague (i.e. sugar!).
These foods are a dieting NIGHTMARE. Not only are they high in calories and bad for hormones, they leave the body HUNGRY and desperate for more.
Cut out: Sugar, white bread, butter, rice, chips, doughnuts, ice cream, cakes, etc.
4. Drink water like a camel.
Everyone knows water is important, but drinking more can also help you lose weight. It has been shown to increase metabolism and eliminate pesky hunger cravings.
Drink 8 cups per day MINIMUM if losing weight is something you really want.
5. Drink apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has a variety of awesome health benefits, including helping people lose weight.
Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV in 8-10 ounces of water and drink 30 minutes before meals for an added feeling of fullness.
If interested in learning more, check out our article on how to lose weight with apple cider vinegar here.
You can also get a free bottle of Bragg’s ACV for trying out Thrive Market here.
6. Eat protein at EVERY meal.
There is no way around this, and I talk about it in almost every article on this website. If you want to lose weight naturally, your protein intake has to be HIGH.
This is especially true if you are not watching your calories. Eat copious amounts of protein at every meal!
7. Eliminate most carbohydrates.
If you are not doing an intense weight training program or long distance cardio, you should eliminate carbohydrates.
Because you are not doing strenuous physical activity, the glycogen from the carbohydrates is being converted into fat on the body.
8. Cook with coconut oil.
Coconut oil, unlike other oils, has been shown to boost the metabolism and reduce appetite. In fact, studies have shown that people naturally eat 256 less calories per day when consuming coconut oil.
Just beware of the amount that you use, because it does contain a high amount of calories.
9. Get plenty of sleep.
As stated before, hormonal health is VERY important for steady weight loss. The biggest factors that effect hormones are: FOOD and SLEEP.
Get a minimum of 8 hours per night. Any less than that is a sign that something needs to be fixed in your life and/or diet.
10. Try an awesome program to help you do it!
Yes, we are going to promote our program, because IT WORKS! We have the best program around for fast weight loss without calorie counting.
People lose an average of 10-21 pounds in 21 days and absolutely love it! But even better than the weight loss is the feedback we get from people about how the program has taught them how to change their eating habits and find a diet that truly works for them in the long-term.
We have over 1,000 people in our private support group going through the Challenge together, and they share experiences, results, motivation, and lots of recipes!
If you are ready to make some changes in your life, this is the ONLY place you should start. We will teach you exactly how to make the necessary changes in your diet and your lifestyle and how to keep them “beyond the diet.”
Click HERE to check it out and get started today!
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