3 reasons why calorie counting is superior to intuitive eating for fat loss.
- Awareness is key- Both Andrew and I have coached hundreds of people between us. We also both have experience in dieting down for photo shoots or physique competitions. So take it from us, it is highly likely that at some point you will need to go through a period of tracking your food intake whether your goal be fat loss, muscle gain or all the above. Most of the clients that have taken our advice and taken the time to track their calorie intake using an app called “MyFitnessPal”, have gradually built awareness and learned how to create a calorie deficit, or calorie surplus, to lose body fat or build muscle.
- Intuitive eating does not happen overnight- In westernised countries most people grew up eating processed foods such as cereal or white bread for breakfast- in fact, it was normal! It took both Andrew and I most the majority of our 20’s and also pushing our body to the extreme as physique competitors and fitness models, to get to a point where we now eat intuitively based on what nutrients our body needs. We also intuitively know roughly what calories we are consuming thanks to the years that we have spent tracking our calorie intake on and off, in short- intuitive eating takes time.
- Accountability- Taking 10 minutes out of your day to enter the calories that you are consuming into an app, will keep you accountable. It may be a little painful once you realise the number of calories you have consumed over a weekend, but accountability breeds success. Come Monday and maybe Tuesday, you just need to make some healthier food choices, increase water intake, and then you are right back on track. It is pretty simple, you are either tracking or guessing!
Bottom Line: Tracking your calorie intake is a great tool and it is essential as a starting point if you want to set yourself up for long-term success with your health and fitness goals. However intuitive eating should be the end goal because who the hell wants to be tracking food for the rest of their life? The first point of call when I take an online client on, is to get them to track calories and steps, then report back to me once per week. We get incredible results with clients because as the saying goes, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Want to know more? Check out our podcast episode- Calorie counting vs intuitive eating.