Should you count calories with an app? Should you use a scale? The secret might surprise you.
So what is the secret to counting calories? It’s simple: don’t.
Not what you were expecting? Hear me out. While I am all for tracking macros (aka your calories) and paying attention to what you’re eating, counting calories is simply not the best (or only) way to do it. I’m not going to give you a crazy science lesson on why it isn’t the best option ever; but here’s the gist:
- Nutrition Facts can be up to 25% incorrect! We give a lot of credit to those numbers on the packaging, and they’re not the best predictors of what’s actually in your food.
- You aren’t what you eat. Just because the food goes into your mouth, that’s not what actually gets absorbed and used by your body.
- It’s not as simple as calories in, calories out. Unless you’ve got the time and money to throw yourself in a tank full of water and find out exactly how many calories you’re burning…you’ll never know. Long story short, it’s not accurate and so it’s not realistic.
Rather than taking the calories approach, try out the hand approach. The beauty of using your hand for portion control? It’s always with you. As a result, there’s no need for a scale in your house nor do you have to measure out each thing you eat from now on.
Here’s the trick:
Take out your hand:
See your palm? That’s your amount of protein.
Close your fist. That’s your carb source.
Put your hands together like you’re holding water in them. That’s your amount of veggies.
Stick out your thumb. The tip of your thumb is your amount of fat.
BAM. You’ve done it. Super easy, and even easier to adjust. No need to count everything, just keep an eye on how much you’re consuming.
I realize it sounds easier said than done and there’s enough confusing info, and a million “better” ways to do it, however, I love this method because it’s easy, it’s always there, and it’s totally applicable at any moment.