Count Those Calories | Lose Inches

By | November 3, 2015

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Count those calories

So you want to remove some of that junk from your trunk, banish the bingo wings and stop the daily wrestling match with your jeans! well, the simple answer to achieving this is COUNT THOSE CALORIES.

I am not going to lie and say its fun counting calories because it’s not but neither is looking at ourselves in the mirror or avoiding any reflective glass and seeing that person looking back at us.

It’s also not fun knowing people have an opinion about us based on how we look so counting a few numbers from food seems a lot more fun.

During this article, I am going to talk about why it’s so important to know what were putting in us and some nice little accessory we can use.images (3)

How Fat Am I?

This is a good question as there are different types of Fat and the fat was talking about is the subcutaneous type and only you can really answer this question.

count those calories To determine how  fat you are and what type of fat you have, your going to need a good set of digital scales that well tell you about visceral fat and body fat% or your just going to be guessing as your muscles make up a good portion of your weight, and we like muscles there our friends when it comes to busting fat.

 

Another thing I would like you to avoid being caught up on is the BMI scale, this is not going to help you mentally or physically.

A heavyweight boxer is obese according to this scale, does he look like he has bingo wings or needs to lose a few inches?

What is a calorie?

Without boring you by providing all the scientific information about what a calorie is, simply put it’s a unit of energy for our bodies to function everything needs energy from your blood to your brain.

Our bodies are constantly burning calories even when we sleep and men need roughly 2500 and woman 2200.

The way food is broken down into calories is like this-

  • 1 gram of fats= 9 calories
  • 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
  • 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories

Now it’s easy to see why FATS have become the enemy in the fight to lose inches however you do need some fats as there essential to our health and survival.

Empty Calories

These are the calories we want to leave out or cut down on to guarantee a slender body but what exactly are these so-called empty calories?

Empty calories are virtually free from any nutritional benefits such as dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and important amino acid.

They mainly come from two sources….. solid fats & added sugars, I challenge you to pick up any packeted food or drink from your local supermarket and check the contents.

Nearly everything has added sugars in and solid fats that don’t need to be in there, you only have to look at how bad young children’s teeth are to figure out how much sugar is in products nowadays .

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  • Solid Fats – these are defined as solid at room temperature and commonly found from animal products
  • Added sugar – refers to added sugars in food and drink on top of sugar naturally found in the product

So why do food producers add so much sugar and fat?

simply put. it  BOOSTS sales and to add enjoyment to their food and there certainly contributing to the global pandemic of obesity.

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Technology and inch loss

We now got a good basic understanding of what calories are and how they are worked out, we just need something to document how many were putting in to get to grips with the love handles.

Luckily for us we live in an age of science and technology that can count those calories for us, the hard work is done with appsdownload (6) and accessories.

Two of my favourite, my fitness pal and fit-bit, the great thing about these are the simplicity of them, they do all the counting for you and all the working out! no paper and pen needed and if you have a smartphone makes it even more simple.

Summary

All the tools are there to count those calories we just need to embrace technology and open our eyes and think about what foods we consume

Start by making small steps, firstly try weighing yourself with a good set of scales to grasp a benchmark

Next small step should be looking at what you put in your basket and let tools such as apps and accessories do the hard work by counting those calories

You will start losing weight and feeling a whole letter better and healthy I know you can easily lose two pounds a week just by using these neat tricks its science its proven and you can DO IT

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any question and help others by sharing this on social media.

 

16 thoughts on “Count Those Calories | Lose Inches

  1. Milos

    Hi Steve, nice educating article. I will be more careful about my daily amount of calorie input. Thanx for awesome post.

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Milos,

      They are quite calorific, but they fill you up longer from the fibre, so wouldn’t worry about the calories too much, how many do you eat a day?

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  2. joe

    awesome post thanks for the info can i have somewhat white sugar cause when i posted i wrote definately not to its dangerous and should be cut out of the market

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  3. hanizan

    hi Steven, thank you for your great info…suppose i need to diet… 🙂 By the way keep your good writing and wishes all the best…

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  4. Lynne

    Great point about BMI there! According to my BMI I am overweight which is ridiculous, I wear a size 32 ladies pants! I do however have some lumpy bits that I can certainly get rid of.
    It has never occurred to me to count the calories, I’ll give that a go.

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      The BMI is a waste of time and to think that our NHS assess patients on it is frightening, counting calories is a good way to lose weight

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  5. Jane

    I’ve used my fitness pal before and have been much more successful at shedding excess weight when I do…. I must start using it again. I’ve heard really good reports about the fit bits so I’ve got one of those at the top of my Christmas wish list!

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  6. Steph

    Hi Steven, great article! I love how you point out that the BMI scale is flawed, I really think people rely on it too much. I would say though that fats don’t have to be bad, they’re mainly bad when combined with sugars. Like, butter is much better for you than margarine, just for an example. Anyway, thanks for all your work! Steph

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      hi Steph, fats really have had a bad rep and some are crucial bit solid fats normal are bad for us in the longterm but like you said a few swaps can make a BIG difference

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  7. Sienna

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for the article! It was a good read. I have a question though – what percentages of visceral and body fats would you consider healthy?

    Sienna

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Sienna, ideally as woman you want “body fat” 22% and under but not to low as that’s dangerous to see your abs you would need to be 8%-15%

      Regards to visceral fat that is normally calculated on a scale and you don’t want anything over 13 hope this helps

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  8. Emily

    hi Steven
    I think you provide a good explanation of what we consume on a daily basis. It is too bad that fatty and sugary foods taste so good! But I guess that’s why they add them in! I think there is a fine line between keeping a close watch on what you put in your body and eat and being obsessed with it. Having been on the obsessive side, I prefer to err with caution but still aim for healthy. I work out a lot to compensate but yes I still need to improve my calorie intake and choose more wisely what I eat.

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    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Emily, I know what you mean by “is it too bad that fatty and sugary foods taste so good” I completely agree, they do and there is nothing wrong with them for treats the problem we have is we live i a fast paced world so we buy for convenience

      your also tottally right about being obsessive as that is a burden to everyday life its all about enjoying what we eat and if we can take the time to prepare we could make some really tastey low fat low sugar treats and healthy balanced meals

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