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.