September 15, 2016

How to Set Calorie Limits for Weight Loss

So you are trying to get on track with tracking food and it’s hard to know where to start. I get it, there is so much information out there. How do you know what tools to use, and what numbers to start with? It’s confusing!

One of the things I like to recommend to all of my clients is fitness pal. It’s a free app on your phone for tracking calories and macro nutrients for people looking to be consistent in their health goals.

If you haven’t checked out my last blog on flexible dieting, you should take a look to explain more about what it is and why you should being doing it now.

The first thing I like to recommend to beginners is starting by downloading the fitness pal app. If you haven’t downloaded this app ever…do it now. If you’ve downloaded it, tried it, and haven’t used it in a while…dust it off and get ready to get better aquatinted.

In fitness pal you need to set your weight loss goals, current weight, and activity level. I recommend only going with the 1-1.5 lbs weight loss a week. Any more than that is way too much to lose on average a week. I know what you are thinking, “2 lbs a week would be great!”

But that sets your calorie limits too low and then you typically are just so uncomfortable during the week, that it leads to binge eating or quitting all together.

After all I don’t know many people that are interested in starving to lose weight, and really there is no need too while dieting. Honestly, most of the time women in general don’t eat enough. So, if I tell you that you can eat more, go out with friends and family, enjoy your life, and not want to pull your hair out while trying to lose weight….you’d want to do it, right?

So in fitness pal, once you have all of your activity levels, weight loss goals plugged in, it will set a calorie limit. In my experience I think the preset calorie limits are very accurate. But that is my opinion, and of course there are always exceptions to anything.

Now that you have your calorie limits set you can get more detailed with setting specific Macro nutrient tracking. Keep your eyes peeled for that article that will be posting later this week.

Any Nutritional information on my website is opinion based. Nothing is meant to substitute for doctors or nutritionist guidance. Remember to always consult a doctor before you start a fitness and nutrition regimen. 

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