Who Counts Calories??

Calorie counting is one of the most tedious things ever to do in life. I will not pretend like it’s so fabulous and everything is wonderful. I can’t stand counting calories. Honestly I can’t stand it truthfully. Granted there are some general things that you can find like popular foods, fruits, and vegetables. But the part that drives me crazy is the measurements. Most things you can find online are in teaspoons but I may use them with a tablespoons. Case in point my peanut butter. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER. I add it to my oatmeal in the morning, one tablespoon not thing more never less. When I go online to check for the calories it always pops up in the measurement of teaspoon, ANNOYING.  Now I have to look up conversions. It’s a true pain in the butt.

Don’t get me wrong, counting your calories are a great way to stay on track and make sure you’re not messing up your own progress by taking in more foods than you’re burning. I 100% recommend keeping a food journal for at least a month when starting out on this journey. And at least ONE week (maybe two weeks) of that month actually counting your calories. This really helps to put things in perspective. Not to mention is tremendously helps with accountability. Then do this every couple of months to make sure you are staying on track.

Don’t worry all hope isn’t lost. When doing your food journal and counting your calories you may realize that you are taking in a bunch of calories (on average women should be eating around 1400-1500 calories and men 2000-2200 when trying to get fit) and not getting much physical activates to offset the intake.  There are some things that you can do to help you decrease your calories intake like swapping out foods, eating less calories of course, but my favorite, eating foods that help you burn calories (sometimes referred to as “zero calorie foods”). I came up with a small list of food that help you to burn those calories so you can stay on track:

Foods that help burn calories

  1. Hemp seed
  2. Green tea
  3. Steel Cut Oats
  4. Eggs
  5. Spicy salsa
  6. Protein bars
  7. Low fat dairy
  8. Quinoa
  9. Bananas
  10. Coconut/Palm kennel

Have you started a food journal yet? How is it going keeping up with all that you eat? Need any advise to make the task easier? What are your biggest achievement? What are your biggest block? Let me know in the comments below ...