Have you been calorie counting with limited success? Do you find counting calories confusing ?
Research shows that around 20% of the time, a calorie estimate can be inaccurate, due to manufacturing, labelling, food quality and preparation or miscalculating.
Further, when you try to calculate Calories Out expenditure, it is dependant on the accuracy of equipment being used – your watch, GPS, heart rate monitor, gym machines, individual differences, all of which make it difficult to get the exact numbers.
Instead of counting calories, why not try using your hand as a guide to measuring portion sizes of food:
- Your palms = the protein portion (2 for men, 1 for women)
- Your fist = the vegetables (2 for men, 1 for women)
- Your cupped hand = the carbohydrate portions (2 for men, 1 for women)
- Your thumb = Fat portions
Of course, the bigger you are, generally the bigger your hands will be, and this provides a natural measuring device for food intake.
Keep in mind, these points are a starting point and should be adjusted according to your lifestyle, body type, hunger signals, and other goals.
Let me know how you get on with this way of tracking your food portions.