I used to be against calorie counting. I thought it promoted anxiety, OCD-type behavior, and a low self esteem. I still believe that these things are possible, but I found that counting my calories actually gave me the freedom to eat more and stress out less. This all happened once I gained an understanding of calorie density.
Grocery shopping can be stressful. It’s crowded, the lines are long, and they are always out of your favorite peanut butter!
Once you add the stress of reading labels and trying to buy “healthy” food, it’s almost too much to handle!
When you are a doctor and you go out with friends or family, everyone wants you to take a look at the mole on their back, or ask why their knees hurt in the morning.
When you are a health coach or personal trainer and you go out with friends or family, everyone wants to ask you the best exercise to “tone” their arms, what they should eat for breakfast, and how often they should workout.
You walk into the gym, you know what you want to work on, but you are sick and tired of doing the same old thing. It’s become monotonous and you are losing motivation.
I used to do the same workout all the time. I worked my butt off, but I did not see results.
You made it to the gym and you are ready to hit it HARD! You are so amped to workout, burn some calories, and make some “Gainz!” (Isn’t that the lingo the kids are using these days?)
I get it. The weekend is a time to “let loose!” It’s a time to put the dumbbell down and pick up a martini instead. But how can we have fun on the weekend without ruining our perfect week? Here are a few helpful hints!
You just had an incredible weekend! You spent time with family and friends, drank beer, ate chips and guac, and let go both mentally and physically! Ahhhh it was so nice. . .
But you wake up Monday morning feeling sluggish, bloated, regretting that second fishbowl margarita, and dreading the week ahead.
My answer to the above question is quite simple: No, you don’t need to do anything. But if you want to have a greater understanding of nutrition and weight loss/gain, counting calories will help you get there.
*Note: If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do so here.
Let me tell you a story.
I walk into a ballet class filled with normal, healthy-sized individuals.
As a person who is obsessed with being skinny, a voice in my head says, “Congratulations! You are the thinnest person in this class! You can feel confident and proud of your achievement!”