I've been receiving a lot of messages and emails lately asking what I count. Do I count carbs? Do I count calories? Do I analyse my macronutrient intake? Do I count the number of water drops that hit my shoulders in my morning shower? Well, maybe not the last one. But to me it's all the same.
I DO NOT COUNT. Not those things anyway. I know that statement may offend some people in this lifestyle but I simply don't have the time or patience to count all day.
To me counting carbs is almost like thinking of it as a daily carb allowance you get to spend. To see how close to the edge of the 'sweetville cliffs' you can get without falling over.
So how have I successfully lost weight without 'counting'?
I have educated myself on what foods I can eat... I eat them when I am hungry and I eat until I am full. I'm not trying to trick myself into eating less cake, lollies, chocolates, bread, pasta etc. I just don't eat them. My food process of thinking goes like this.
FAT: I want lots of good fats. These fuel my body and make me feel satiated. Every meal I enjoy includes a good portion of healthy fats. Be it butter, coconut oil, eggs yolks, bacon grease etc.
PROTEIN: Moderate protein helps my cells rebuild and muscles stay strong. I eat a good amount of Grassfed beef, chicken, pork thought my week.
CARBS: The only real carbs I put in my body come from vegetables, some berries, nuts... Things like that. I enjoy them in moderation as a side to a dish not as the hero. I never go looking for carbs in the form of sugars, high fructose fruit & veg, breads, pasta, chips etc.
I have found that by choosing my food this way I don't need to 'count'. Be smart with what you eat and be accountable with your progress. If your weight loss stalls think about your week and where you may have possibly had a few too many carbs. Then adjust next weeks intake accordingly.
It's that simple. This is a lifestyle, not a diet. The only things I want to count now is KGs lost, pant sizes dropped, days out and about playing with my boys instead of vegging on the couch in a 'carb coma', the extra hours in my day now that I am no longer fatigued.
This is a lifestyle. Go out and LIVE!
Think smart about your food but don't obsess about counting if it's a stress to you. If like the caped character above you 'Love To Count' then go for it.... 1 Carbohydrate, 2 Carbohydrates, Mwuh ah ah ah.