You don't have to "count calories" to lose weight. You do, however, have to store less energy than you expend. There's no way around the fact. You can do it based on hunger, but you have to find foods that allow you to eat a suitable volume that you can sustain indefinitely that allow weight loss/maintenance or whatever level you're looking for. For many of us, that is NOT coffee swimming in butter, ribeye and avocado. They're too calorically dense. Chances are, a 12oz flank steak will leave you just as full as a 12oz ribeye, and you'll do it for 30% less calories. Does that mean you can't eat ribeye? Hell no! But you can't eat that stuff every damn day. Eggs, bacon and rib meat is not a realistic, sustainable diet. You need to break up all those fat calories with something. Vegetables and fruits are great ways to add bulk to your plate without adding a lot of calories, meaning you can eat a large pile of food without eating a large amount of calories. It's shocking how many calories are in a pile of 80% ground beef, or eggs, bacon and cheese. They're great, healthy foods but they're not the best foods to break through a setpoint plateau.
Originally Posted by RichMahogany
I don't count calories. I get stressed, depressed and obsessed. All the bad "-essed's". And eventually I'll break down and eat a bigass bowl of ice cream and give it all back. I can't live that way. I'm much more successful being mindful and eating more reasonable foods. This means eating lean meat more often than fatty meat. I don't care, I like lean meat, too. It's not a dirty word. But it's what works, and I can maintain my body composition effortlessly. Sure, I don't have chiseled 6 pack abs, but I'm pretty lean and can benchpress 260 lbs despite only weighing 145 lbs. I'm comfortable with that.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 07-25-2012 at 12:45 PM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.