7 Proven Ways to Lose Weight on Autopilot (Without Counting Calories)

Confused Woman Holding a Calculator“Eat less, move more.”

This is the message we receive from various health gurus and nutrition organizations.

They assume that the only reason people gain or lose weight is because of calories.

This is simply wrong, because our bodies are much more complicated than that.

Different foods affect hunger and hormones in different ways and all calories are NOT equal.

The truth is… there are many things you can do to lose weight, without ever counting a single calorie.

Here are 7 proven ways to put fat loss on “autopilot.”

1. Replace Your Grain-Based Breakfast With Eggs

Eggs in a Basket

Losing weight can be as simple as changing your breakfast.

Two separate studies have shown that eating eggs in the morning (compared to a breakfast of bagels) can help you lose fat without trying.

In one of these studies, 30 overweight or obese women ate either bagels or eggs for breakfast (1).

The egg group ended up eating fewer calories at lunch, the rest of the day and for the next 36 hours.

Put simply, the eggs were so fulfilling that the women automatically ate fewer calories at subsequent meals.

In another study, 152 overweight men and women were split into groups. One group ate eggs, the other ate bagels… both groups were on a weight loss diet (2).

After 8 weeks, the egg group had lost significantly more weight than the bagel group:

  • 65% more weight loss (2 lbs vs 1.3 lbs).
  • 61% greater reduction in BMI.
  • 34% greater reduction in waist circumference.
  • 16% greater reduction in body fat percentage.

The difference in weight loss wasn’t huge, but it clearly shows that simple things like changing one meal can have a small effect.

Another awesome benefit of eating eggs is that they are among the healthiest foods in the world. New studies show that they do NOT raise your bad cholesterol or give you heart disease, like previously believed (3, 4, 5, 6).

If you think you don’t have time to cook a healthy breakfast, think again. Preparing a breakfast with some eggs and veggies doesn’t have to take any longer than 5-10 minutes.

Just set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier… problem solved.

Bottom Line: Studies show that eating eggs for breakfast can help you automatically eat fewer calories, compared to a breakfast of bagels.

2. Using Smaller Plates Can Trick Your Brain Into Thinking That You’re Actually Eating More

Plate With Food

The human brain is the most complex object in the universe, gram for gram.

It tends to work in mysterious ways… and the control of eating behavior is incredibly complicated.

It is the brain that ultimately determines whether we should or should not eat.

Interestingly, there is one neat thing you can do to “trick” your brain into thinking that it has eaten more food.

This is using smaller plates.

The larger your plates or bowls, the less your brain thinks you have eaten. By using smaller plates, you trick your brain into feeling more satisfied with fewer calories.

It’s weird… but psychologists have been studying this and it seems to work (7, 8).

Bottom Line: It is possible to “trick” the brain into thinking that it has eaten more food by using smaller plates.

3. Eating More Protein Can Reduce Appetite, Increase Fat Burning and Help You Gain Muscle

For some strange reason, protein has gotten a bad rap.

Many people think that it can “leech” calcium from the bones and cause kidney disease.

However… this is complete nonsense, which is not supported by science.

A Little Girl Eating Meat

There is a lot of evidence that protein can increase fat burning and reduce hunger, leading to automatic weight loss.

In fact, studies show that protein boosts metabolism more than any other macronutrient (9, 10).

One of the reasons for that is that it takes the body more calories to digest and make use of protein, than it does fat and carbs.

Protein also increases satiety, leading to significantly reduced hunger (11).

In one study, increasing protein to 30% of calories lead to an automatic decrease in calorie intake of 441 calories per day (12).

Many studies show that increasing your protein intake can lead to automatic weight loss, even when eating until fullness (13, 14, 15, 16).

Protein can also help you gain more muscle, especially if you also lift weights. Muscle tissue is metabolically active, meaning that it burns a small amount of calories, even at rest (17, 18, 19).

The best way to get in more protein is to eat more animal foods like meat, fish and eggs… preferably at every meal.

Bottom Line: Increased protein in the diet can boost metabolism and reduce hunger. It can also increase muscle mass, helping you burn more calories around the clock.

4. Eating Foods With a Low Energy Density and Lots of Fiber Make You Feel More Full With Fewer Calories

Vegetables

Another way to feel more satisfied with fewer calories is to eat foods that have a low energy density.

This includes foods that have a high water content, such as vegetables and some fruits.

Studies consistently show that dieters who eat less energy dense foods lose more weight than those who eat foods with a high energy density (20, 21, 22).

In one study, women who ate soup (low energy density) lost 50% more weight than women who ate an energy dense snack (23).

Vegetables are also rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to cause weight loss in some studies (24, 25, 26).

Another benefit of soluble fiber is that it gets broken down by bacteria in the digestive tract to produce a fatty acid called butyrate, which is believed to have significant anti-obesity effects… at least in rats (27).

Combining animals (high in protein) with a bunch of plants (low energy density) is a recipe for success.

Bottom Line: Choosing foods with a low energy density (like vegetables and some fruits) can help you feel more satisfied with fewer calories.

5. Cutting Carbs Can Make You Lose Weight Fast While Eating Until Fullness

Probably THE best way to start losing weight without calorie counting or portion control is to reduce your carbohydrate intake.

Studies consistently show that people who eat less carbohydrates, automatically start to eat less calories and lose weight without any major effort (28, 29).

In one study, 53 overweight/obese women were randomized to a low-carb group or a calorie restricted low-fat group, for 6 months (30):

Weight Loss Graph, Low Carb vs Low Fat

Women in the low-carb group lost twice as much weight (8.5 kg – 18.7 lbs) while eating until fullness, compared to the low-fat group (3.9 kg – 8.6 lbs), which was calorie restricted.

The best way to cut carbs is to reduce or eliminate major carb sources from your diet like sugars, sweets, sodas, as well as starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.

Getting into the range of 100-150 gram carbs per day can be useful. If you want to lose weight fast, then going under 50 grams per day can be extremely effective.

Another great benefit of reducing carbs… it lowers your insulin levels, which makes the kidneys start shedding excess sodium and water from the body, significantly reducing bloat and water weight (31, 32).

Bottom Line: Cutting carbohydrate intake can reduce appetite and cause automatic weight loss, without calorie counting or portion control. It also leads to significant reductions in water weight.

6. Making Time For Quality Sleep and Avoiding Stress Can Optimize The Function of Key Hormones

Doctor With Thumbs Up

Two things that often get ignored when discussing health (and weight) are sleep and stress levels.

Both are incredibly important for the optimal function of your body and hormones.

Inadequate sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity… short sleep duration raising the risk by 89% in children and 55% in adults (33).

Poor sleep can increase hunger and cravings and cause a biochemical tendency for weight gain by disrupting hunger hormones like ghrelin and leptin (34, 35).

Excess stress can increase your levels of the hormone cortisol, which is known to increase belly fat accumulation and the risk of chronic, Western diseases (36, 37, 38).

For these reasons, it is very important to make time for quality sleep, as well as avoiding unnecessary stressors in your life.

Bottom Line: Poor sleep and excess stress can mess up important metabolic hormones like ghrelin, leptin and cortisol. Getting these hormones under control should reduce appetite and unnatural cravings.

7. Replacing Your Cooking Fats With Coconut Oil Can Boost Metabolism and Reduce Appetite

Coconuts

Coconut oil has some unique properties that can help reduce appetite and increase fat burning.

It is loaded with fats called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).

These fatty acids get metabolized differently compared to other fats… they go straight to the liver where they are either used for energy or turned into ketone bodies.

Two small studies show that eating these medium chain fats can make people eat fewer calories, one of them showing a reduction of 256 calories per day (39, 40).

These fats also appear to increase energy expenditure, one study showing an increase as high as 5% (41, 42, 43).

Consuming 30 mL (about 1 ounce) of coconut oil may cause significant reductions in BMI and waist circumference, a marker for abdominal fat (44, 45).

Now… I’m not suggesting that you gobble down massive amounts of coconut oil, but replacing your current cooking fats with it could have a noticeable effect (46, 47).

8. Anything Else?

By making a few simple changes that optimize hormones, reduce hunger and boost metabolism, you can lose a lot of weight without ever counting a single calorie.

Feel free to leave a comment if you want to add to the list!

64 Comments

  1. 8. Do all those things and eat 1-2 meals per day with NO snacking.

    • It is recommended to eat 5 meals a day, not 1-2. That is like fasting all day where the body stores everything it eats instead of burning it. Multiple small meals (but not snacks, you’re right!) are recommended.

      • Ray and Brandy are both right. If you are fat-adapted, something Ray doesn’t mention, then you can eat zero, one, two, three… meals a day with no detrimental effects since your body relies only on fat for energy.

        If you are NOT fat adapted then yes, may small meals is a far better idea.

        • Mark, is the way to become “fat adapted” by entering in Ketosis? Is this automatic, or is time a factor here? I am new to living low carb and I am trying to decide if low carb or extremely low carb (ketosis) is the way to go for me. I am overweight and have thyroid disease. I am pretty sure that I’m under 50 carbs a day (for a month) – I’ve tracked regularly but not religiously – but I haven’t noted results like I’d expect if I were truly in ketosis.

          I am finding myself quite hungry between meals so I’m guessing that I’m not fat adapted as you mentioned and don’t know if I’m missing a key element or something.

          • Sarah, it varies from person to person, and if you are indeed below 50g carbs per day you should have seen some results by now. The first month is the hardest. I’m a distance runner so I really felt the ‘keto flu.’ But now, I’m fantastic.

            Good resources;
            http://eatingacademy.com/
            Books by Volek and Phinney.

            Also, we have a Facebook group full of helpful keto runners. http://www.facebook.com/groups/RunKeto/

  2. Eating eggs advice needs to come with some qualifiers, I took a look at one of the studies linked to eggs and the key phrase was “among healthy people”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/theres-good-news-and-bad-news-about-eggs/article12502116/

    The good news: Eating an egg a day – yolk included – did not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in healthy people. The bad news: Egg eaters were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. And among people who already had diabetes, an egg-a-day habit substantially upped the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.”

    • P.S.

      All eggs are not created equal.

      “Eggs, one of the most commonly consumed breakfast foods in the United States, have long been a subject of controversy. Are they healthy or are they a high-cholesterol trap? The answer depends on what the hen eats, says a Tel Aviv University researcher.

      Dr. Niva Shapira of Tel Aviv University’s School of Health Professions says that all eggs are not created equal. Her research indicates that when hens are fed with a diet low in omega-6 fatty acids from a young age — feed high in wheat, barley, and milo and lower in soy, maize and sunflower, safflower, and maize oils — they produce eggs that may cause less oxidative damage to human health. That’s a major part of what determines the physiological impact of the end product on your table.

      Her findings were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.”

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110802162807.htm

    • For starters, linking to the Globe and Mail isn’t exactly a credible alternative source. As one of the biggest news corporations in the world, to say that they’re influenced to publish certain opinions by outside sources would be an understatement.

      Second, what exactly is contained within farm fresh, organic eggs, that would cause someone to get type 2 diabetes? Sugar? Sucralose?

      I think it would be safe to say that health history, and the entirety of those individuals’ diets is what lead to type 2 diabetes and heart attack or stroke.

      Pretty sure it wasn’t the eggs lol.

  3. I love this list and I do all of those things. However, my body just will not lose weight. It’s so frustrating! I do heavy lifting mixed with HIIT twice a week and a walk a lot, eat zero gluten, dairy and potato (intolerant to all) and zero refined sugar, protein at every meal, coconut oil, avocados, lots of veggies… Man does this drive me crazy. At least I know I’m on the right track. Thanks for all your great articles!

    • If your goal is to lose weight, you shouldn’t be doing HIIT and heavy lifting. That’s just building muscle without burning very much fat. You should be doing lots of aerobic and less anaerobic. Also make sure you are not eating to your max even if you are eating healthy foods.

      A lot of people think that because they are eating veggies and high protein foods, they can just gorge themselves – you have to make sure you are eating less calories than you are burning, otherwise you will NOT lose weight.

      KEEP IN MIND: a byproduct of losing weight, at first, is feeling hungry even after you eat. Your body is going to crave calories to keep your mass neutral – but that’s not what you want to do. You want to lose weight? You’re going to feel hungry.

      Eat less, run and cycle and do stairs more. Walk a lot – walk everywhere. Try only eating protein at one meal per day – you don’t need more than that. It’s more a mind game than a body and diet game. It’s hard but anyone can do it.

    • Try intermittent fasting if you really mean business. I have a 16/8 lifestyle, meaning that I fast for 16 hours and eat for 8. My first meal is at 12pm, then 4pm, then my last one at 8pm. I’m seeing some great results, I also do a 24 hour fasting on a Sunday too. Check out Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon, not a very big read but worth a look.

      • I have a 5 hour eating window most days, and have had fantastic results. For the first time in my life, food is 3rd or 4th priority. That’s a miracle right there. Yes, PLEASE try intermittent fasting.

        It’s all about resting your body, balancing your hormones, clearing your mind.

    • Jan have you had our thyroid checked? I have Hashimotos Hypothyroidism and it is preventing me from losing weight as the synthetic medication the doctors had me on for many years was a waste of time. I am now on correct medication and hopefully in time I will lose weight. Just a thought.

    • No offense to S who replied to you but not sure where they got their information from as I strongly disagree with their advice and science backs this up, e.g. heavy lifting increases the metabolisms and burns fat for longer throughout the day than aerobic exercise.

      Great you are doing what you are doing. I am a Health Coach and Mind Body Psychotherapist and I would say if you are doing all those things – how is your stress levels?

      Do you have any limiting beliefs about your body, losing weight? How long has it been since you were at your optimal weight? I work with the brain and neural pathways as well as the brain-body connection as a Psychotherapist and repair Gut Health and more as a Health Coach (also make sure you have enough good bacteria).

      You need to be healthy to lose weight as you no doubt know, rather then lose weight to be healthy. Gut health is fundamental to being healthy. Best of luck.

      • Michael Alber says:

        The problem with strength training is that it can not be done every day. Aerobic exercise can be done every day. Strength training you can hurt yourself. Aerobic you can’t.

        Anaerobic exercise only burns carbs. Aerobic burns all 3: carbs, fat, and protein. Duration and intensity is key to burning calories.

        It is difficult to measure how many calories you burn from anaerobic exercise (especially with the burn afterwards). Plus how can you figure out how much calories are burned afterwards.

  4. Can Coconut Oil be replaced by Olive Oil?

  5. I’d say intermittent fasting (IF) is a great way to reduce calories without counting. I personally do the 16/8 protocol, meaning I fast for 16 hours and eat in the other 8 hours. For me a feeding window between 12:00 and 20:00 is easiest. Breakfast is black coffee.

    There are some other protocols like fasting every second day, or fast twice a week, or a 20/4 protocol. I personally prefer the 16/8 version because it can be easily sustained for a long time. It’s great in combination with a ketogenic diet.

  6. Many thanks Kris! Another great list with applied common sense (backed up by science) and practical advice :-)

    # 4. Eating Foods With a Low Energy Density and Lots of Fiber Make You Feel More Full With Fewer Calories — this also reminds me that sometimes we focus too much on just the energy in food (calories). This is not the only reason we eat. We need to nourish our bodies with everything they need and I am convinced that in the midst of apparent plenty we have malnourished bodies fed on junk (packed with cheap fillers), which are crying out for real food. This leaves many still hungry for that missing nutrient, despite having just eaten. To this end I recommend buying the best quality, local, seasonal food that you can afford. It may initially seem more expensive but it pays off down the line in less feelings of hunger, less waste, fewer health costs and so on. A very simple example is to buy a mature cheddar cheese. With its stronger, fuller taste, I find I need much less for a snack, or to make a sauce, a grilled topping etc…

    If you doubt that our bodies can communicate even micro-nutrient needs to us, I’d suggest you take that discussion up with a pregnant woman, when she wakes at 3am with a craving :-)

  7. Peggy Holloway says:

    N=2 experiment; My partner and I have discovered that if we feast on pork belly for a day or two, we find we both spontaneously lose weight.

    We both lost weight over the summer by piling as much butter, cream and sour cream on everything as we could. Of course, with that much fat, we weren’t often hungry and had the energy to cycle thousands of miles. But we were amused that neither of us were trying to lose weight, and he lost 30 pounds and I lost 10 doing just the opposite of what we were watching other people struggle to do to try and lose weight!

  8. To those who chose to fast on a 16/8 or any other schedule, does this type of eating help gain muscle as well as lose fat? I am involved with powerlifting but I need to lose a lot of weight. Can you eat this way to lose fat and still gain muscle and get stronger?

    • Make sure you get enough protein and eat enough calories. See e.g. the keto calculator at http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com which can calculate minimums.

      Also, try to eat the biggest meal after the workout, so your body has protein available when muscle repair is strongest.

      • Come check us out at RunKeto on Facebook Martinus. We are all ketogenic athletes.

        Most of us would tell you that getting enough protein is pretty easy. Also, eating after a workout prevents the breakdown of free fatty acids, they will return to the cells. If your goal is to lose weight, better to put off that meal for an hour at least.

  9. Is it also possible to gain muscle and get stronger while following a 16/8 fasting protocol? I’ve read it is great for losing fat but I want to get stronger at the same time.

  10. Mai Fouad says:

    In my personal opinion, people tend to eat more as long as they are bored or emotionally affected by something, so I think being engaged into activities that need more thinking will make us not feel hungry all the day and not have a tendency to eat whatever we see.

    • Wenchypoo says:

      “people tend to eat more as long as they are bored or emotionally affected by something”

      Like money, or lack of it? Aren’t we all worried to some degree about money?

  11. “Studies consistently show that dieters who eat less energy dense foods lose more weight than those who eat foods with a high energy density (20, 21, 22).

    In one study, women who ate soup (low energy density) lost 50% more weight than women who ate an energy dense snack (23).”

    That is a false conclusion, this isn’t a scientific study because there are many more differences between those foods than just their caloric density. Eggs&butter on bacon has a higher caloric density then fat free yogurt.

    If it would be so easy, then you could just eat pizza. But eat the same weight in broccoli or other green vegetables, this will reduce caloric density of your meal by 50% but it will not make you any slimmer. Size of a meal =/= satiety. Stomach is too big, and food doesn’t stay in the stomach for long enough for it to matter.

  12. Cutting your carbs and low carb diets are a major cause of diarrhea… Just saying.

    • I think you need to find another cause for your diarrhea other than low carbs. I had colon cancer 14 years ago and have only 1/3 of my colon. I eat low carb, no wheat and never have diarrhea problems. I eat tons of veggies and fruit, plus meat every day and never have a problem.

    • That’s funny ‘cos it seems one of the few concerns Doctors voice about a low-carb diet is that it might cause constipation! Ignoring that for those with Type 2 Diabetes, it may literally save their eyesight, kidneys, heart and limbs — let’s instead focus on the potential for little changes in bowel movement when one adjusts to a significantly different way of eating :-)

  13. Eat protein, eggs and dairy products, cut down on bread, potatoes, pasta, pastries (flour products) and rice, Then the weight just falls off. I even managed to reverse my diabetes within weeks and now take no meds. In other words, just eat to live instead of living to eat

  14. + drinking more water.

    Nice article though, fast, short and very helpful. Thanks.

  15. I do all of the above except for eating eggs. I really wish I COULD eat eggs because of their nutritional value but they just make me gag. An alternative to eggs would be wonderful.

  16. These are all great ideas, however if you look closely, every one of these points directly or indirectly are teaching you ways to reduced your regular calorie intake without actually having to think about reducing your calories by counting them.

    Whether it’s giving you a feeling of fullness after a meal so that you eat fewer calories for subsequent meals, smaller plates to eat less calories, cutting carbohydrate intake to reduce appetite in turn reducing calories intake, controlling hormones to reduce appetite to again reduce calorie intake, and lastly eating medium chain fatty acids to help make you eat fewer calories.

    So unless I’m misinterpreting something fat loss is all about calories.

    • Yes, it’s all about energy balance (calories). My point is that you don’t need to consciously count or be aware of them in order to lose weight.

    • Actually, it may not be just about the calories.

      As mentioned above, cortisol and insulin make a difference (as well as other factors) on whether your body packs away the energy as fat. This calls into question the energy balance equation of calories in/calories. It is not sloth and gluttony.

      I have seen real life examples of patients who eat very little and are massively obese. Their dietary histories suggest they should be able to lose weight based on calories in = calories out. But they remain obese. I think the best popular book on this is Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes.

      Another nice article. Thanks Kris.

      Nick

  17. All you people fasting – don’t you get hungry?

    I get the shakes if I don’t eat at regular intervals. I can’t concentrate and feel sick.

    • You could try a low carb diet, best go ketogenic. This will keep your blood sugar in check and you won’t get as hungry.

    • Wenchypoo says:

      Someone isn’t fat-adapted!

    • When you are fat rather than glucose/sugar adapted you don’t get the shakes. I was hypoglycemic my whole life and would get the shakes till I changed to fat adapted and I can go hours now without eating and no shakes and feel full of energy and strength.

    • Yes, once fat adapted your ‘hunger’ cycle changes dramatically. I used to eat before, during, and after my long runs. Several times during a run.

      Now I run fasted–I don’t eat first, just the last meal from the day before–and I never eat during my runs anymore. Then I eat about an hour afterward.

      Every single one of me personal bests improved after becoming fat adapted. (Ketogenic.)

  18. I always keep healthy food accessible. Every morning I pack a bag full of cut veggies (carrots, celery, sprouts, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, and bell peppers) and 2 peeled hard boiled eggs, and bring them with me (this holds me over till 2).

    I also keep a pot of bone broth soup full of veggies and meat in the fridge. My appetite has decreased so much that sometimes (depending on my exercise) this will be the only things I eat all day. Before I started this routine I found myself stressed thinking about what I was going to eat all day, and consequently wouldn’t eat, and then binge on crap later.

    My other advice is to lift weights!! That’s where the magic happens :)

    • I love this advice, I am just learning about low carb and weight loss I have tried tons of other things to lose weight and have been successful, but I’m stuck with the last 20 pounds. Thanks.

  19. I don’t like eating red meat, especially pork, simply because I don’t feel it’s ethical. I can’t read about reports about abuse to these animals and the suffering they go through, and then plop a pork chop down on my plate and eat it. I just cannot do it.

    • Debbie D, I hate the abuse of animals too, but buying direct from ethical farms that feed the animals what they are meant to eat and who have not suffered in my mind is hugely different on every level. So like traditional societies who honour their animals but still eat them – I believe this is possible and I am grateful for what they give.

  20. Would coconut oil be okay to cook with for someone who is type 2 diabetic and with a history of high triglycerides?

  21. My husband is type 2 diabetic (not severely overweight, just horrible family history of it). Almost 4 years ago, he developed pancreatitis due to high triglycerides (over 3000 that time!!). The dietitians at the hospital told us he needs a low carb, low fat diet. That’s limited to eggs, nuts, avocados, etc… I’ve been wanting to try the clean eating way for us for a long time that, but the dietitians told me no because of the “high fats”.

    But I do not like putting certain “butters” into our bodies when I cannot even pronounce some of the ingredients and it won’t even melt on hot food very well just because of the “low fat” or just even other foods that are “low fat” but I cannot pronounce the ingredients either. What good is that?

    We have two small children that I want to get into good habits now, that way when they get older they already know the proper way to eat and with my husband’s history, I’m hoping to prevent that in the future for them. That’s why I’m always trying to research and stumbled across this site yesterday and really liked the articles. Thanks so much for your response.

    • Lean protein (as low carb, low fat implies) is the fastest way to deplete your liver of fat soluble vitamins. Always eat the fat that accompanies protein in nature.

  22. http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/why-low-carb-diets-arent-the-answer/3/

    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-coconut-oil-clog-arteries/

    This article sounded great for the most part, but I disagree with the low carbs and the coconut oil bit. There is science to back this up that coconut oil and low carbs are not the way to go.

    • I was trying to find the ‘science’ in those links. None cited.

      Rather than list it all here, much of which Kris has already done. Check out http://eatingacademy.com/ .

      Dr. Attia goes well above and beyond in the science department. Study, after study, after study… and THEN conducts the most experiments you’ve ever seen – on himself – and documents everything obsessively.

    • Those views may be outdated.

  23. Every single one of those tips – except for #6 – is a caloric reduction strategy – you might not be counting them, but it still is ‘calories in calories out’, doesn’t matter if you are counting carbs, fat grams or sugar.

    Some calories are certainly healthier than others and help your body burn even more calories – but it is still all about calories.

    • Wendy O'Callaghan says:

      Hi.

      I’m just learning about this low carb eating and have been studying all the info on your site. I’m aiming to eat under 50 g per day as I need to shed some kilos fast.

      I’ve been sticking to under 100 g ok. It’s rather hard to stay under 50 g as I’ve been eating apples and bananas and yoghurt which are high in carbs. After reading this, I’ll give them up now.

      Question- how does one become ‘Fat adapted’?

      Cheers,
      Wendy

  24. Olivia Joness says:

    Calorie intake is an important part of weight gain or loss. If you don’t count calories, you won’t know if you’re eating more or less.

  25. Contrary to what some people here say….that it really boils down to counting carbohydrates…I am proof that is not true. I used to measure my caloric intake….keeping it to 1500 when I wanted weight loss. Plus, I would burn 350-400 calories a day on the treadmill. My diet was “clean”, consisting of brown rice, fruits, veggies, fish, chicken and breads. Sometimes alcohol if I had allowable calories to spend.

    Back then I was tired, sore, bitchy and hungry all the time. I always thought about food.

  26. Continued….

    But now I eat unlimited meats, eggs and cheeses. I cook with wine and butter. I drink cognac. I am always happy and full. I often skip meals because I just don’t want to eat. I take in a few thousand calories a day.

    My old diet often resulted in weight gain. I was beyond frustrated. Eating fat, however, and no longer counting calories, but, rather, carbs… I have lost over ten pounds in less than three weeks and I am still burning fat like mad.

    I feel great.

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