Ways to eat no Calorie Counting
For those of us who don’t particularly like living our lives counting calories, keeping track of things we are consuming can be a chore. So for my freestyle eaters, check out these Awesome Health Conscious Strategies that leave calories out of the window!
Try intermittent fasting! “IF” It’s gaining a lot of attention these days! I never knew about it until a friend of mine walked the door and had shrunk something Awesome! She looked great…she said she felt great! Initially, I’m not going to lie, I was worried she slipped off to one of these surgery centers for something modernly aggressive, but no. She explained she was doing “IF” I was like, say whaaaa! It’s Awesome!
No kidding this one I have to attribute to my own success of keeping weight down. I often say, it’s in my DNA but perhaps I’ve benefited from this technique for most of my life. Since I can remember, I would skip breakfast, or lunch, or dinner! I thought it just didn’t take much for me to run on, but now I understand there is some true research behind my natural preference of intake. According to Harvard research studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that IF is safe and incredibly effective, but really no more effective than any other diet.
While research may categorize IF as no more effective than any other diet, calorie counting is a non-issue with IF. So if you don’t want to count calories and you are comfortable skipping meals here and there, IF just might be your thing! It’s working for some people, including me!
Reduce Carbs Increase Fiber
Reduce Carbs – Increase Fiber! I certainly could eat every meal centered around bread. So this technique can be hard on bread loving eaters. There are variations of the approach. However, the strategy is to reduce Sugars, Grains, Processed Foods, and Starchy Vegetables. This will keep you in line with Carb Cutting. Notice, processed foods are mentioned. This is because many carbs are heavily processed and that makes the carb even worse. For this reason, here is a list of processed foods you can make peace with!
To meet the body’s daily nutritional needs while minimizing risk for chronic disease, adults should get 45% to 65% of their calories from carbohydrates, 20% to 35% from fat, and 10% to 35% from protein. (According to WebMD)
There is only one way to get fiber — eat plant foods. Plants such as fruits and vegetables are quality carbohydrates that are loaded with fiber. Studies show an increased risk for heart disease with low-fiber diets. There is also some evidence to suggest that fiber in the diet may also help to prevent colon cancer and promote weight control.
Go for more protein – Now we’re talking eggs, almonds, chicken, and cottage cheese…PROTEIN baby! Some diets are wildly popular by promoting the health benefits of eating more proteins. This is where you can have a bit of yum on the plate and not feel guilty! You need protein…but don’t overdo it! The average man needs 56 grams of protein per day and the average woman needs 46 grams per day.
Here is a peek at some slick ways to get protein in your daily diet. Again we are not counting calories, but you need the appropriate amount of proteins. Proteins are responsible for too many of our physiological functions. So, we have to get them in! Here are 14 ways to increase your protein intake!
Hydrate Before you Eat
Hydrate before you eat – Hydration refers to the human body’s ability to take in and maintain a steady level of water in its tissues and organs down to the cellular level. It describes a condition of fluid balance (water homeostasis) when adequate fluid levels are maintained. An imbalance caused by too little fluid intake results in dehydration. It is also possible for people to become overhydrated from excessive fluid intake; this condition is sometimes called water intoxication. According to the Food and Nutrition Board, it is recommended that women consume 2.7 liters (91 oz) daily and men consume 3.7 liters (125 oz) through various beverages (80%) or in food (20%)
Because you need to hydrate, drink before you eat to pad the tummy. The idea here is it will prevent us from overeating. I have never tried this strategy, but it’s believable. Drink First!
More vegetables than anything else on the plate! Give more room for vegetables. Make less room for meats many may say… Yes! Vegan and Vegetarian is a great way to decrease caloric intake without having to count them! You have to know your capabilities and limitations when it comes to this one. As mentioned before we all need our proteins so be careful, research and be responsible if you are going to approach this way!
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