A conversation started between me and some other people on (and off) Twitter today. It all started when my friend at Miz Fit Online blogged about what she eats, because a lot people are curious and want to know.
She talks about how personally she doesn’t count calories or points, doesn’t go hungry, doesn’t think about macronutrients, but instead ‘eats clean.’ She says:
“The cleaner you eat the more calories you can consume while not gaining weight.”
In short, for her, eating clean is:
“High quality foods which are as free as you can get them of not-found-in-nature additives.”
And I do the same.
She also says how people are sometimes surprised that she doesn’t eat like a bird. And I don’t eat like a bird either (people are often shocked when they see I eat like a ‘normal’ person).
In her post, Miz Fit also said:
“a calorie isnt a calorie isnt a calorie & I learned to read labels.”
and that is SO true (no matter what some people say about it only being calories in vs. calories out — the type of calories DO matter).
I made a comment on her blog post how I eat and think a lot like she does. Then I went on Twitter and posted part of my original comment:
“I too NEVER count calories, don’t go hungry, DO go for taste, REAL taste of REAL food.”
Well, that got some people talking. And it got me thinking.
People dieting, or trying to maintain their weight, often ask me the question: To Count or Not to Count?
They want to know: What should I count? Should I count calories, fat grams, carbs, points, etc?
So, here’s what I think:
Everybody needs to find what works for THEM. We are all different, we have different needs, lifestyles, jobs, and we all like different foods. Yes, it is better to eat broccoli than french fries from a fast food joint — but you already know that.
Though I don’t count calories or points, it took me a while to get there. I do eat “intuitively,” and it took me a while to get there. And I listen to my body to know what to eat……but it took me a while to get there. I can eat a bowl of ice cream without devouring (or wanting to devour) the whole thing, BUT (you guessed it…) it took me a while to get there. (more on that below, because I can take you there faster!)
I know a lot of you DO count points, calories, fat grams, etc.
And if that’s what makes you feel comfortable and what works for you — then that’s okay.
You won’t, and really can’t, count calories your entire life (who wants that?). But I know, especially in the beginning, you may need or want to. It helps you stay on track and keep control. I get that. I’ve been there and done that. So I really understand.
But you don’t have to do this your entire life.
You can get to the point of where I am today. You can eat intuitively, know what your body wants, and eat “guilty” foods without losing control. It can be done. You just need to take one step at a time. And you need the right TOOLS to help you along the way.
I do have clients that are following diet plans, like Weight Watchers, or South Beach, or whatever. And that’s okay. It makes them comfortable in the beginning. Because if I just say “listen to your body” they don’t understand how to do it. Working together I get them to a place where they can listen to their body and not count calories or points anymore. And they never go back.
Okay — so now you’re screaming: “But I want to know HOW I can get to that place!”
HOW can I lose weight without counting calories or points?
Well, it just so happens that I’m putting together a program that teaches you. It gives you the tools so you can start to live a life without counting. It won’t happen overnight, because we all know that a “quick fix” won’t work in the long run.
I took me a while to get there, but you can take what I learned, experienced, and have taught my clients — to save you time, energy, and yes, even money.
Because it doesn’t have to take you years. It doesn’t have to take forever. And you don’t have to wait until “someday” to eat comfortably like a “normal” person. And it doesn’t have to be hard. Learn from me and I’ll show you the way. The road is right there, you just can’t see it. I’ll help take down those roadblocks so you CAN see the road.
It just takes knowing what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and why.
So stay tuned as I will give you the tools. And you don’t have to build a mansion with them. Just a small house. A nice, comfortable, clean house. You can do it. I know you can. Because I have, my clients have, and the hundreds of other people I’ve helped in workshops and seminars have.
And if you have to count calories or points right now, that’s okay. It really is.