Sometimes no amount of app notifications can help you keep on track with your calorie counting. It really does take dedication to keep on track so we’re here today to talk about those little ‘life hacks’ that can keep you going. If you have your own advice for staying on top of this stuff let us know.
Make a meal plan
In order for you to keep on track with meals, you need to at least have a plan in place for the week ahead. You’re going to at times be busy, you’ll not have time to think through everything. But you head into each day knowing what you’re going to eat it will stop your mind wandering to the foods you are probably trying to avoid.
Don’t just plan it, buy those ingredients that you need for the meals you are planning, it’s going to take some willpower to not eat the crap in the fridge if your lovely tuna salad is missing the can of tuna that is at the shop. Don’t give yourself a way out!
Setup your core meals
Take as much spontaneity out of the weeks meals as you can, that may sound boring but we’re talking about counting calories here! That sounds terrible but you’ve got to be realistic, at the end of the day the more realistic you are and strict maybe means less time spent counting calories in the first place.
At the same time it doesn’t mean you need to eat the same thing everyday, you can grab a load of great meal ideas that work in a calorie controlled plan.
Pick the right app
There is plenty of crap out there, and for those apps that don’t have the following you are going to struggle because this is all about having the app that is easy to use.
MyFitnessPal is a great app, plenty of food already loaded in thanks to the massive database it has at its power. Livestrong is another with a great app and easy to use. If you have a fitbit you can even use the calorie counting on there, though the database is probably not at the same level as the others it still works great.
Favourite Meals pre-loaded
Any decent calorie tracking app will help you shortcut the process, get your favourite meals setup and saved for easy adding. In the longterm this will help you feel comfortable tracking those decent portion controlled meals against going rogue and splurging at the shop.
If you’ve already got in your head the food for the day you can save yourself time by just logging them first thing. Then food choices doesn’t even come into your head during the day. You have a plan, now to stick to it, easy!
Adjust calorie intake when comfortable
So calorie counting has become part of life, but how do you feel? Could you change the intake. Look at the nutritional value of what you’ve eaten, are you getting enough protein, fibre etc? You could even look at adjusting calorie intake, everyones body is different and nobody does the same exercise every day, become the expert for your own body and try something new. Adjust your newly found baseline to see how you feel. Could you drop 500 calories a day, do you need a bit more to feel comfortable and allow for a snack.