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Why You Should Consider Counting Calories

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to losing weight, we tend to get a lot of big ideas. We buy into the brand new fitness program. We think we have to try that fancy new diet. But the truth is that losing weight does not have to be as complicated as we often make it. If you're serious about losing weight and getting fit, take a look at these reasons why you should probably consider counting calories to get on the right path to a healthy body and life.

Because Calories are the Basic Weight Loss Secret

Sometimes we make it complicated, but the truth is that the basic idea of weight loss is that you have to consume fewer calories than you burn. So how do you do this? For starters you have to know how many calories you actually consume. And the only way to know this is by counting them. You can opt for the fancy ideas if you want to, but even the most complicated weight loss plans generally come down to calories in versus calories out. They may convince you to go about this process in a number of ways, but the basics are the same! So if you want to lose weight, you can skip the frills and get right to the heart of weight loss by counting calories.

Because You’re Probably Eating More Than You Think

Here is some harsh truth that you probably don't want to hear: You're most likely eating far more calories than you think. Most people imagine that their diet is relatively healthy. You couldn't be eating that much, right? Actually, you're probably consuming hundreds of calories more than what you intended. Once you begin the calorie counting process, most people quickly understand that there intake is far too high. Count your calories for a few days, and you may notice that you are consuming too many to get your weight under control.

Because It Helps You Set Your Lifestyle

The healthier your lifestyle, the more in shape you're going to be. And the truth is that a lifestyle of counting calories tends to be healthier. It can also help you recognize other healthy habits in your life. If you begin counting calories, you may also want to know how many calories you expend. And this may lead to an increase in your exercise habits. Or it may lead to checking nutritional content of the food that you eat. Any time that you begin a healthy habit, it can lead to more healthy habits and then ultimately a healthier lifestyle in the long run.

Don't look at counting calories as if it were some complicated, frustrating plan. It can actually be easy. There are numerous apps or guides online to help you through the process. And once you begin, counting calories actually gets pretty easy. Consider beginning the counting calorie process in your life, and you'll likely find your health improve in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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