How to Manage Calories without Tracking – with Ben Brown [Podcast Episode #85]

By: Ben Brown

Is tracking your “macros” even necessary?

If you’re anything like me, then you absolutely abhor tracking your calories. I mean I can’t stand it. It’s time consuming, highly inaccurate, and to be honest with you, can quickly push me to the edge of developing an unhealthily relationship with my food. I know now, that it’s not for me…

BUT, I’m glad I’ve spent time over the years doing it, because now I have a much better understanding of how my food decisions add up throughout the day, to the degree that it’s relatively easy for me to adjust my calories up or down based on how I’m feeling, what I think I need, and my personal preferences.

So is calorie tracking right for you? It’s hard for me to say, but in my experience, there’s a fine line between using apps like MyFitnessPal pal as a positive tool to help you become a more intuitive eater or a modality that can contribute to a complete disconnect between what you think you need and what your body really wants.

In this solo episode of the show, we’ll discuss a couple of ways that you can learn to manage your calories without having to weigh and measure that I’ve had a lot of success with over the years. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for calorie tracking, but it’s important to me to make you aware that just like fad diets, it’s merely a short term solution, and likely not a very effective tool to help you create long-term behavioral change, which is ultimately the key to achieving any goal, regardless of whether it revolves around health or fitness.

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Show Resources:

Georgie Fear - Episode #1: HERE

Book: Lean habits for lifelong weight loss

Skills for effective eating with Josh Hillis - Episode #26: HERE

How to Build out the Perfect Plate: HERE

The Fundamentals of Nutrition with Brian St. Pierre: HERE

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