Should I monitor the number of calories being consumed or not?
I can’t help but worry that without keeping check on the number of calories I am eating I will eat more than usual.
There’s nothing wrong with counting calories, but with this behavioural approach it’s not necessary.
Look at it this way: the aim of this approach is to find the “sweet spot” in your eating.
What is the “sweet spot”?
It’s where you are maximising your enjoyment, satisfaction and nutritional value from what you eating, while minimising the number of calories you take in.
i.e. “What’s the fewest calories I can have, that will give me an enjoyable, satisfying and healthy life?”
If you can find that sweet spot, then you can eat less, lose weight and still have a fun, enjoyable life.
And what does this have to do with calorie counting? Nothing. Calorie counting might make you realise whether you have eaten more or less on a particular day, but your aim is not to calibrate your eating according to your calorie allowance, it is to adjust your eating according to how much you need to eat to be healthy and happy.
Finding the sweet spot takes care of everything else.
So, your attention should be on how to find the sweet spot. And that’s by carefully evaluating every food decision you make, and through trial and error working out how much you need to eat to be healthy and satisfied.
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