The honest answer is I don’t know.
Shocking, right? How can someone not count calories??
Well, the truth is I used to be obsessive about counting calories to the point where I was being so restrictive and it became miserable. I was hungry all the time and if I ate more calories that I allotted for in a day, I would “punish” myself with more cardio or less calories the next day. Literally, SO crazy and no way to live. Am I right?!
What’s funny about this whole situation is that the goal behind counting my calories (losing weight, gaining muscle, looking “skinnier,” etc.) wasn’t even being achieved. I looked the EXACT same. My body didn’t look better or worse, but I was feeling sleepy, irritable, and fatigued.
So I woke up one day and as I was portioning out my oatmeal for breakfast, I decided that I was done being miserable and I made myself two servings of oatmeal. Calories were going to mean nothing to me from then on. HA. Take that, calories.
What I learned from this process is that it doesn’t necessarily matter how much you eat, but what you eat specifically.
If you’re eating mounts of cheeseburgers and fries without counting calories, you’re probably going to gain some weight & water retention. But if you’re eating clean foods such as chicken & broccoli or oatmeal & egg whites, eat as much as you want!
That’s my new philosophy: eat everything in sight. It works for me.
Restrictive diets suck, let’s be real. No one likes them, we just force ourselves into these wacky ways of eating because we think it’s the only way.
I don’t restrict myself. I eat when I’m hungry. Sometimes, I eat when I’m not. I indulge occasionally on chocolate chip cookies and ice cream because I have a major sweet tooth. I do all of this while still maintaining balance in my diet. I pick clean foods and eat as much as I want.
I’m a happier person for it!
Moral of the story, it’s possible to eat healthy and enjoy it without putting so many limitations on your diet. The goal should be balance, and it’s definitely possible!
How do you practice healthy eating habits? What’re your little secrets to stay on track?