Learn everything there Is to know about fItness, performance, fat loss and lifestyle from Adrian McDonnell.
“How do I calculate my calories?”
“Do I need to input my foods everyday into MyFitnessPal?”
“Does tracking your calories take long to do everyday?”
I hear these questions regularly and truth be told, counting calories does take a small bit of additional work.
Good news is, with the right strategy, you can tone up without counting calories.
So let’s dive into how we can do this.
In the Beginning
Starting out I think it is a good idea to try calorie counting for at least 4 weeks to get a clearer understanding of:
I really do recommend doing this for even just 4 weeks and on top of having a clearer understanding of all of the above, it is lifelong education for you.
Imagine being able to get to a point where you can eyeball everything on your plate and estimate how many calories you’re eating without having to use any app or calculator?
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be able to get to a point where a lot of my longer term clients are currentlyat – being able to eat intuitively without tracking.
Many have gotten to a point where you can almost classify it as “nutritional mastery” – they don’t need to tracktheir calories anymore yet are aware of their daily intake and they have the knowledge and education to know how to stay within their target number of calories for the day.
How do you get to a point of “nutritional mastery?”
This should put you in a pretty decent position to transition into moving away from calorie counting.
What If I Don’t Want to Count Calories At All?
If you don’t want to count calories but still want to see results and start to look and feel better, here are some principles you can implement:
This is not a law set in stone – rather see it as a guide because one size fits nobody. Use this as a starting point to track your progress and make adjustments where necessary.
For example, if you’re not toning up as much as you’d like, consider reducing portion sizes or removing a meal or snack. If you’re not gaining as much muscle as quickly as you’d like, try add an extra meal and some additional carbohydrates.
Remember, the key to making a lasting lifestyle change is finding an approach which is:
For some people, this might involve counting calories, for others, it might require you to follow a specific diet(hopefully not a juice or cleanse diet!) and for many it’s simply a case of not following a “diet” at all and rather finding a reliable approach which generates results (my preferred method).
However, a key point to remember is there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do this.
Thank you for reading – I hope you learned something new and got some value from this.
If you did get value from it, please pay the fee. What's the fee?
If you find this content valuable (maybe you learned something new or are going to implement a new practice) then please share my blog post with a friend or on your social stories and tag me on Instagram (@McLifestyleFitness).
For such a small act that doesn't cost anything, it really helps me reach more people and spread the word on how to optimise your health and fitness.
I don’t run ads towards my blog posts, everything I’ve done to date has been done organically from people like you reading spreading the good word. I’d appreciate your continued support.
Reference: Syatt, J. (2019): “How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories.”
If You’d Like Some Additional Support:
If you found this post beneficial, then join my Free Facebook Group for more training tips. I share nutritional recipes, workout videos and even live coaching videos.
If you’d like a coach to help put a customised training plan in operation for you, then book your free consultation call today to see if you’d be a good fit for my Online Coaching.
If you know what to do, why haven’t you done it yet?
This is where having the structure and accountability of a coach comes in. I’ll help you get the results you’ve always desired and make your journey much easier and quicker than doing it on your own.
What’s the purpose of the consultation call?
To deep dive into your health & exercise history, your goals and current struggles and from there decide if we’d be able to work together (note – I am not the right coach for everyone which is why I have consultation calls with potential clients of mine).
If we are a good fit, we can get working on your personalised program so you can finally make the changes you’ve always wanted.
Claim your free consultation call today.
Adrian McDonnell -
Eat This to Tone Up & Build Muscle
Learn how to create the perfect meal with this simple 5 step guide.