Many people often feel very overwhelmed with the concept of counting calories and this ends up throwing them off their plan altogether.
Fortunately, with a few quick tips you can make calorie counting much easier on yourself. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
Come Up With Standard Meals And Snacks
The very first thing that you should be doing to help make your calorie counting mission easier is to come up with some standard meals and snacks that you will turn to when times get busy.
If you generally eat the same foods each day with some variation, then calorie counting is going to be much easier since you’ll already know the calorie values of those foods.
If you eat the same meals for five out of six of them, then that last meal you can have more flexibility with without too much worry.
Generally speaking as long as you’re within a 100 calorie or so range with your intake, you’ll be seeing good progress.
The second way to help make calorie counting easier on yourself is to utilize a calorie counting application. These allow you to easily look up the calorie values for any food that you may desire and instantly know exactly what’s in it.
Form A ‘Base’ Diet Plan
Finally, the last way to make calorie counting much easier on yourself is to form a ‘base’ diet plan. With this you’ll come up with a set schedule of foods that you eat each day that satisfy your bare minimum nutrient needs.
Then, you can have the remainder of the calories you are to consume as ‘free’ calories, that will allow you to place them wherever you desire that day. If you’re someone who does like a little dietary freedom as you go about your plan, this can be an excellent way to see higher success.
So there you have a few quick tips to remember about how to make calorie counting easier. While it may feel like a bit of a nuisance at the beginning when you first start out, if you keep at it, it’ll get much easier as time goes on.
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- 1 (8 ounce) package yellow rice mix
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Bring the rice, water, and olive oil to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Mix together the beans, corn, lime juice, and cumin in a large bowl. Stir in the cooked rice and serve.