Have you ever tried to lose weight and heard that counting calories was a huge factor. How Many Calories Per Day is the correct answer?
You want to know exactly what is going in and out of the body. I’m a calorie counter, always have been, and always will be because it worked for me. It was a system of control, something that I could physically see. And trust me when I say it gets addictive. I have two apps that I use regularly to measure my workouts and my eating. And I document everything.
But is there an easier way to do this, without having to log into an app, and weigh everything that you eating, and when cooking measuring and creating a recipe on the calorie counting website? There has to be something simpler for those who really want to manage their portion sizes and have an idea as to how much they need throughout the day (this will never be me, I love physical numbers and comparisons too much). But what are some other ways to determine your approximate daily calorie intake without losing your mind.
We Aren’t Perfect
Knowing how many calories per day we have had should be an exact science right? Yes it should, it everyone had a scale, measuring cups, and measured literally every single morsel that passed their lips. Plus when making a recipe doing the same. But I don’t know that many people who use measuring cups the entire time, even myself who is strict with measurements, I taste here and there and I add a little more of this, a little bit of that, and Boom, you calorie count is incorrect. And then we overestimate what we expended during the day. Sure there is a formula to allow one to know how much they burn just by living, but some also misrepresent their workouts and think they burned more, etc. it’s a tough road that requires a lot of planning, that might not be necessary.
How do you know how many calories per day you should have?
This is an easy one. There are tons of sites that will calculate your BMR, which is how many calories you burn daily just by existing. Then you can figure out on another app or site how much you should burn to lose weight or gain, or maintain etc. But still there is an easier way right?
Instead of counting and measuring and planning and crying (really we cry and make serious decisions on if something is worth the calories or not) there is an easier way to determine what your daily caloric intake is, or roughly is.
There is an easier way
If you can count to two and have two hands there is a much easier way. Your hands can easily give you the serving size of different nutrients that you need through the day. Your palm equals one servicing of protein, your fist is your veggies, a cupped hand is your card (oh I’ve been bad on this one) and your thumb is your fat portions. Men get two portions of each one per meal and women get one. So for each meal a man should have two portions and women one. This is a starting point. So instead of having to jump right into the seriousness of actual calorie counting, this is the way you can start out. This becomes easily adjustable adding a less here and there depending on how you feel. But it’s a start. And once you get down to the real nitty gritty of actually logging meals and calories, it will be that much easier because you already know what a portion size is.