Do you struggle to make calorie counting work for you? As you get going on your weight loss meal plan, it’s going to be essential you have a method of tracking how much food you are eating on a daily basis. Without keeping track, you may eat healthily, but still not get the weight loss results you are seeking.
At the end of the day, it still does come down to your overall calorie balance. That is, how many calories you burn versus how many calories you consume.
If you want to avoid becoming a walking human calorie counter, however, you do have a few options. Here are three great ways to make calorie counting easier on yourself…
1. Use An App. The first, and possibly one of the easiest ways to make calorie counting a breeze, is to use an application. There are several different websites and phone apps available. You just type in whatever food you are eating, and the program will quickly tabulate how many calories the food contains.
Using an app or a website just takes seconds and by the end of the day, you will have your total calorie intake. As well you will also have your protein, carb, sugar, fiber, and fat intake all figured out.
For those who are looking at carefully monitoring their eating habits, it doesn’t get much better. Most of these programs will also store the information for months at a time – or longer. So you can quickly look back and see trends in how your calorie intake is associated with weight loss or gain.
2. Come Up With A Base Plan. Another simple technique to make calorie counting easier is to come up with a base scheme. The base scheme should be a plan that rarely changes except for a few foods here and there. For instance, each morning you may start your day off with a bowl of oatmeal, topped with fruit and your favorite flavor of protein powder. Now, for added variety, you can easily adjust the type of fruit being used as well as the flavor of the protein powder. Changing these ingredients will not change the overall nutritional intake of the meal itself.
By creating your meals around similar foods like this – ones you can easily swap in and out will help to tabulate your nutrition intake once and then it will be the same for all days. For those who don’t mind eating similar meals on a day-to-day basis, this works well.
Count Servings. Finally, the last smart way to help make calorie counting easier is just to count servings instead. Rather than figuring out how many calories are in each food, think in terms of one serving of grains, one serving of protein, and so forth. If you know approximately how many calories are in each serving of food, this can make it easier to calculate and count throughout the day.
There you have a few simple tricks and techniques that will take the sting out of calorie counting. Each method will help ensure you see the optimal weight loss results you’re looking for, however.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.