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Counting calories in and of itself accomplishes nothing, and is not vital to losing weight.
Count all the calories you want, but if you don’t know why you’re counting them, and if you’re not planning your food intake properly, you’ll never lose any weight.
And ironically, you also need to fully understand these same things to effectively lose weight without counting calories.
So, then, let’s look at 6 strategies for losing weight without counting calories.
1️⃣ Eat a high-protein breakfast. Research has shown that simply eating eggs in the morning, as opposed to a grain-based breakfast like bagels, can help you lose weight. Why? Very simple: people that eat eggs for breakfast end up eating fewer calories at lunch, for the rest of the day, and according to one study, even for the next 36 hours.
2️⃣ Eat more protein in general. When it comes to losing weight, protein is your best friend. Study after study after study has confirmed that a high-protein diet results in more fat loss than low-protein diets, even when eating until fullness, as well as less hunger, and a greater metabolic boost.
3️⃣ Eat plenty of low-calorie, fibrous foods. Fibrous foods with a high water content, like most vegetables and some fruits, are great weight loss foods. Why? Because they’re filling, but without all the calories. Increasing fiber intake is a simple way to increase fullness, which leads to an overall reduced daily calorie intake.
4️⃣ Reduce your carb intake. No, there’s nothing inherently fattening about carbohydrates, but restricting carbohydrate intake is a very easy way to significantly reduce total daily calorie intake.
5️⃣ Drink more water. Research has shown that increasing water intake is an effective way of increasing fullness, thus helping you reduce your total calorie intake.
6️⃣ Get enough sleep. Poor sleep messes with hormones related to hunger, causing an increase in hunger and cravings. So make sure you’re making time for adequate, good sleep.
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