So you’re on this weight loss journey right, after all, that's why you’re here most likely.
And in all the tricks and tips you’ve stumbled upon, we can be sure than one common sentiment rings familiar when it comes to the food you eat.
Count your calories.
So why do this, and what is it really all about, this counting of calories? Let's take a look, shall we?
Calorie Counting, The Facts.
So, counting Calories is all about energy management. Calories in vs calories out.
Calories are the unit of exchange of energy that occurs due to the metabolic process in your body, they are backed by your micronutrient reserves.
Think of it in the same way as a local currency. All the dollar bills represent money being exchanged (calories), which is backed by assets like gold and oil (macronutrients)
The more macronutrients you bring in the more energy in the form of storage tissue. The more activity you undertake, the more energy is used from storage.
The goal with weight loss is to experience a deficit where the energy you put into your body is less than the energy you use.
This means your stored matter is getting used up faster than it is being replaced.
So you just need to measure the calories on your food labels vs what your fitness tracker says you’re burning right?
Well, no, that's because counting calories leaves a lot open when it comes to precise energy management.
A better way is actually through portion control.
This article will look at portion control as an alternative to calorie counting and why that might work better for you. Be sure to check out the Life Renu shop before you continue here. There might just be a cool deal waiting for you.
With that said, let's look at the power of portions!
4 Reasons Why Portion Control Is Better Than Calorie Counting
Turns Quantity into Quality
With portion control, the amount you eat becomes a measure of quality.
That's because you are focusing on a set system of eating which brings with it consistency.
Consistency brings results and the result is a mark of improvement in quality.
This concept of quantity becomes quality is also the reason behind the next point, balance.
Allows for Balanced Eating
Because you are no longer ripping your hair out, trying to micromanage the energy value of each food item on your plate, you can actually have real meals.
Food with a balance in taste, texture, and nutrients is one of the added benefits of portion control over calorie counting.
Try obviously aim for healthy meals. A burger a day does not keep the doctor away!
Allows for an Easier Energy Management
Because you’re working with a fixed volume and mass when it comes to your food, you are consistently nailing the same energy input each time you eat.
That means your calorie balance will only depend on your daily activity.
That's one less thing to worry about.
More Value For your Money
Calorie counting can be an expensive way to manage your diet. A lot of chopping, changing, adding and discarding of certain parts of food and meals just to achieve a perfect mathematical balance can lead to a lot of waste.
This waste translates into a waste of money, and nobody likes wasting money.
Instead, with portion control, you can actually use your money wisely and budget for a consistent, easy to track, nutritional spend helping you save money while losing weight.
Considerations: How to Control Portions.
So now that we agree that portion control is a great idea, how do we actually do it?
There are two ways.
One is through guided measurements using measuring utensils such as jugs, cups and kitchen scales. These are a great way to actually combine the benefits of calorie counting with portion control since calories are directly proportional to the quantity of food being consumed
Another way is through arbitrary measurements that you simply stick to.
An example is using your hands as potion measurement tools. You can actually use different forms of your hand for different parts of your meal. An example of this includes:
Carb rich foods: a cupped handful.
Fat rich foods: length of your thumb.
Fresh produce ( fruit and veg): a clenched fist
Protein-rich foods: open palm.
So there you have it folks, 4 reasons why portion control is a more effective method than calorie counting when it comes to healthy eating for weight loss.
The best way forward is to actually combine both calorie counting and portion control for maximum benefits.
So don't get us wrong, we aren’t against keeping track of calories, we just think portion control is a more realistic and manageable approach.
We hope you will find some value in this article, but if there’s anything you’d like to know more about, just drop us a comment in the section below and we’ll get right back to you.
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