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Why You Should Bite the Bullet and Count Calories

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you're looking for a way to lose weight, there are a million options out there to choose from. There are numerous diets, multiple workout plans, and plenty of tips and tricks to help you along the way. But if we're being honest, one of the best and most effective ways to really lose weight is to count calories. The problem is that this technique, though effective, is boring and tedious. If you're really looking to drop a few pounds, take a look at these reasons why you should bite the bullet and finally count calories to lose weight.

You’ll Learn A Lot About Nutrition

Counting calories forces you to gain a deeper understanding of basic nutrition. You'll learn which kinds of foods contain more calories as well as which are more nutritionally dense. You can take this knowledge as deep as you would like. If you would like to understand macronutrients, counting calories is the first step. If you would simply like to know the basic number of calories per type of food, that's OK, too. But there's no doubt that the counting calorie process will help you further your knowledge of what goes into your mouth.

You’ll Figure Out What’s Worth Eating

One really good thing about counting calories is that you will very quickly understand what is worth eating and what is not. When one cookie has 250 calories, it's easy to make the decision not to eat it. Similarly, when you can eat a plate full of vegetables and barely touch your total caloric intake for the day, it's easier to make that decision. Knowing, not only what, but how much, is going into your mouth can help you be wise about the decisions and more successful in the results.

You’ll Probably See Results

Let’s face it: Counting calories works. If you burn more calories than you take in, you’re going to lose weight, plain and simple. But burning more than you consume is so much easier if you know how many you’re eating. Many are surprised to find that they’re eating hundreds, or sometimes thousands, more than what they thought. If you do it well, counting calories leads to success in the weight loss game.

Sometimes the best method for losing weight is the old tried and true method. Eat less and move more. Counting calories just makes this easier, as you know for a fact how much you’re consuming, and you can alter your movement to create a deficit. Give it a try, and chances are good you’ll finally reach those goals you have been working toward.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Thornton, Colo.

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