We get it. You’ve tried a lot of different diets. Maybe it was counting calories with points or lemon water & cayenne for a few days, or meticulously weighing your food…heck it might have even been a diet of just COOKIES (Yes, there is such a thing. Enticing, I know). We as coaches have certainly tried many of these diets. And most have fallen flat at some point.
Sure, it probably worked for a little while, but after awhile it gets old. You can only weigh so much food or read the fine print on the nutrition labels. All of this work weighs you down and can hinder getting you the results you want.
And if we’re keeping it real, what happens when you eat at a restaurant or at a friend’s house?
So it begs the question: Why does calorie counting and diets fail in the first place? Well, these diets don’t address the underlining issue: our habits.
Even if you know what to eat and how to exercise, sometimes these things in life come first. Knowing what to eat and how to exercise is one thing; actually doing it is another.
Did you know that your calorie counting could be off by a crazy 25%! That’s a huge margin of error. Here’s why:
If you’re on a 2000 calorie diet, that means that you could be off by 500 calories everyday! That’s a pretty big error!
There’s a better way and you already have access to it! Your hands. I know you think that this might be a little silly, but hear us out. It turns out that using your hands for measuring portion sizes is actually really accurate. The cool part is that they are scaled to your size. Big people have bigger hands, thus bigger portions. Small people have smaller hands, thus smaller portions.
Of course not, but neither is counting every single gram of carbohydrates you eat. There’s going to be some margin of error. When it comes to losing weight, it’s important to set yourself up for success, and this means choosing systems and methods that are easy. Using your hands can be just that!
* Side note: I want to clarify that I don’t feel diets are wrong. I think diets have their place. They can be a great way to kick start weight loss by helping people become more motivated to begin the process. It’s also necessity for fitness & weight based competitors who need their weight to be specific. However, I think that we can all agree that for the regular fitness enthusiast who is not a professional bodybuilder, many of these diets just don’t work long term.
Practice measuring portions using our methods.