Well, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated the importance of calorie control in relation to weight loss. Hundreds of participants were put on diets of various nutrient percentages; some ate more protein, while eating less fat and carbohydrate. Some ate mostly carbohydrate, with less protein and fat. And others ate primarily higher fat foods, while consuming modest amounts of protein and carbohydrate. The end result for weight loss: the calorie intake mattered the most. The types of food you eat matter immensely, but for weight management it’s also in your interest to observe your calorie intake.
Advantages of tracking your calorie intake: - You’ll be able to quantify your progress. - You’ll hold yourself accountable. - You’ll be able to stop a bad eating decision in its tracks. - You’ll build your confidence when you see that you can get a handle on your intake, and thus control it.
Pay attention to those calories to help the weight come off steadily, without much other effort on your part! Calorie-counting is a wonderful way to maintain your ideal weight as well. Here are some calorie-counting resources and discussions to consider: