I’m a huge believer in counting calories for weight loss.
I don’t believe you should count calories for life but at the beginning it’s very helpful for learning the contents of the foods you are eating and how much you should be eating to achieve your goals.
If you have been overeating, and eating anything for years it’s going to be very difficult to intuitively eat and feel when you are truly hungry and truly full.
Very few people listen to their bodies and instead just reach for quick pleasures. After this behavior it will take some time of strictly measuring, tracking and developing your awareness of food before you can listen to yourself again.
In order to make changes to your health there’s needs to be discipline.
Many people have grand ideas of how strong they want to be or how much weight they want to lose but don’t have the discipline needed to achieve their goals. Counting calories is a form of discipline. It’s also a form of education. Every time you input your food into an app like @myfitnesspal they show you the protein, carbohydrates, fat, sugar and sodium in what you’re eating. They also recommend the exact amounts of everything you should be eating to achieve your goals, including recommended portion sizes.
For many of my clients it was impossible to lose weight until they started tracking, because they could finally find out the source of their over eating- and weight gain without guessing. I still use @myfitnesspal often to learn the nutritional contents of different foods. I hope this is helpful to you if you are somebody who is trying to lose weight or change their behaviors around nutrition. If you are anything like me sometimes the fear of structure can prevent you from achieving. However, a combination of structure, discipline, support and individualization is necessary for long term positive change. If you have any questions or want to chat health and fitness, I’m very passionate on the subject and would love to help.