Like To Count Calories?
While obsessive calorie counting can potentially lead to binge eating (among other things), knowing the amount of calories to consume per day for your specific goals can be useful. It’s a good number to keep in the back of your mind and try to shoot for. Some people do indeed need to count calories!
For instance, if you need to lose a significant amount of weight in order to live a more fulfilling life, sticking to a lower calorie count can help you reach your goals (no-brainer) and vice versa when it comes to gaining muscle/weight.
Count Calories: Methods
This begs the question, “How do I determine the amount of calories I need to eat in order to achieve my goals?” Your total daily caloric consumption needs to be personalized to you! Not only is your body unique but your workout plan and daily activity patterns are also unique. So your daily caloric consumption should be unique as well!
One great tool you can use is the If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) calculator to determine your daily caloric intake and also the amount of each macronutrient group you should consume (fat, fiber, protein, carbs) in order to achieve your goals!
The beauty of this calculator is that it takes into account your body weight, height, age, and daily activity patterns to determine your caloric consumption.
After determining your suggested daily caloric intake, you can start shooting for this number daily! If your lifestyle stays the same, there is no need to change the numbers if you are still progressing towards your goal.
You should adjust these numbers is if you start to workout more/less which will affect your daily energy expenditure and therefore calories burned. Likewise, if you start to see significant weight loss you should also recalculate your caloric intake relative to you new body weight (and vice versa for muscle/weight gain).
This means that you usually need to recalculate your caloric intake once a month to take into account your new weight or workout patterns.
When it comes to knowing your suggested daily caloric intake, remember that these numbers aren’t concrete! So don’t freak out if you go over your caloric intake.
You just need to try to shoot for these numbers; they are a good guide to keep in the back of your mind.
You must keep your diet achievable and flexible in order to keep it sustainable!
We just wanted you all to be aware of this great tool which can help you along the way. So calculate your daily caloric intake and let it be a friendly guide on your path to achieving your goals!