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Tracking Calories vs Not Tracking Calories

From my own personal experience working with many clients and helping people online, tracking calories works wonders. You only have to hear me harp on about using my fitness pal.

From my own personal experience working with many clients and helping people online, tracking calories works wonders. You only have to hear me harp on about using my fitness pal.

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Tracking Calories or not?

As I’ve mentioned previously being in a calorie deficit is an absolute must if you want to lose weight and reduce body fat %. Tracking calories is the best way to ensure you’re meeting that all-important deficit (You’re not eating too little and you’re not eating too much). 

Would I encourage someone to track their calories for their whole life? NO! But would I suggest and advice a client when on a weight loss transformation journey to do so? YES!

Tracking calories during their transformation period has given all my clients a great indication of how much they as an individual should eat, teaching them about correct portion sizes and what types of food to choose and avoid. Making it easier for them to sustain their results in the future (improved appearance, physical and mental health.

Tracking Calories or not?

Would I encourage my clients to track their macros?  .. Completely depends on the individual and their goals!! Tracking your macronutrients (40% of your calories coming from protein, 30% from fats and 30% from Carbohydrates) as an example will certainly give you the best results when training regularly but for me it’s not a must as I’ve seen many clients of mine struggle to maintain macro tracking, as it can get a little scientific and a little confusion. So, for me focusing on calorie tracking (Keeping it simple) whilst consuming a well-balanced varied diet consuming good sources of protein works best 

Now for those that don’t want to track their calories or macros but still want to see results IT CAN BE DONE!

Exercising regularly and eating well can and most likely will get you positive results especially with your physical and mental health.

However, it can also be a guessing game, resulting in a very frustrating journey So if you’re someone who has started to exercise more, eat healthier plates of food, be smarter with snacking and you’re seeing results without tracking their calories then fab!!! But for those who are still struggling then maybe give calorie tracking a go (even if it’s for a week) you might just realise where you’ve been going wrong, and how small little swaps can make a whole heap of difference. 

Tracking isn’t for everyone, so make sure you have the right mental state and have a healthy relationship with food before thinking of tracking.