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Counting Calories: Does It Have to Be Done?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Counting calories is something that most people don't really want to do. We don't enjoy cutting out the good stuff from our diets. We don't want to give up dessert. But it's necessary, right? If you're interested in losing weight, you may be keen to find out whether counting calories is really a necessary part of the job. So what's the verdict? It's complicated. Before embarking on a diet or changing your health, take a look at this quick guide to cutting calories and getting in the best health of your life.

Why Do People Cut Calories?

Generally, the only reason that people cut calories is to lose weight. If your health isn't affected by what you're currently eating, why would you change it? But if weight loss is the goal, then cutting calories may be an essential part of the plan. You have to burn more calories than you consume. And while this can be done through exercise, it is a lot easier when you also reduce consumption. 

Do We Have to Do It?

In short, no, you don't have to cut or count calories. If you're willing to expend a large amount of calories, it's possible to keep consumption the same without worrying over counting every single thing that goes into your mouth. But for most people, this means spending quite a bit of time on exercise. If you want your weight loss to be effective, cutting calories and burning more is your best option. But to know whether you're truly burning more than you're consuming, counting is key.

How Can We Make It Easy?

If you've decided to count calories, try to make it as easy as possible. You can easily count calories using an app. There are many free versions to choose from, so find something that is simple and effective for your needs, and go for it. Though you can take the tougher route of looking up each food individually, using an app can streamline the process to make it easier than ever. 

Cutting and counting calories can feel like a chore, but it doesn't take much to get used to the process. And once you get used to it, it's like second nature. If you're serious about losing weight and getting fit, make the change to counting calories today. Even if you don't do it forever, it may give you a push in the right direction for a quick head start on your fitness journey.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Jordan, Utah.

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