Today I was asked about calories and counting calories. All too often overeating, consuming empty calories, high fat or high sugar diets sabotage our weight loss goals. Calorie consumption comes from food and drinks and it's important to be consciously aware of everything you put into your mouth and how you feel when you are eating.
One day I was at Starbucks and I ordered my morning favorite Grande Americanno with nonfat milk and two Splenda. As I was waiting for my drink a person in the drive-thru ordered a Grande Peppermint Mocha with extra sugar. What!? I was completely shocked and a bit disgusted at the same time. The Grande Peppermint Mocha weighs in at 400 calories and 49 grams of sugar not to mention the 15 grams of fat. If you are a Starbucks or McDonald's specialty drink lover you need to reevaluate your daily calories and be sure you're not consuming a large majority of them in your beverage choices.
If you are eating clean then you do not need to count calories. Throughout my day I am constantly eating and over consuming calories is not an issue. Clean foods are low on the calorie count and it is important for your weight loss to eat. Cutting calories down to 1200 and trying to maintain your life and add exercise is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only will you be frustrated and tired your body will fight back by holding on to your fat.
The best weight to fight the fat is to build lean muscle. The more lean muscle mass you have the more calories your body will burn. Muscle is like wood to a fire and your fire is your metabolism. Without wood the fire won't burn and your metabolism shuts down. Having a strong burning metabolism is key to successful weight loss. Eating every 2-3 hours is essential for a good metabolism. Many of you have cut your calories so drastically low that you found yourself starving to death, moody, and you regain everything you lost and then some.
Losing weight is a lifestyle change. If you are not willing to make changes within your life and your families lives your success will be short lived. You cannot think of the Skinny Mom Challenge as another diet. I don't believe in DIETS and diets do not work. You have to learn from your past mistakes and work hard and making little changes every day to improve your chances of success. Instead of focusing on your calories during this challenge focus on, eating vegetables, two fruits, lean proteins, whole-grains, and healthy fats. By adding these foods to your diets and eliminating processed foods, high calorie beverages, and adding healthy clean foods and exercise will help you successfully lose weight.