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Is calorie counting effective for weigh loss?

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Do you read food labels and pay attention to the calories?

How much should you be eating?

Fitness Trainer Tamatha Crowson says to maintain your weight, the average woman should eat about 2,000 calories a day and for the average man it is 2,500 calories.

“However, let me just go on to say that counting calories is an ineffective way to lose weight” Crowson said.  “Here’s why, so many things can affect your metabolism….the amount of sleep you’re getting. The amount of stress you are under. The types of food you eat, your hormone levels, your activity level, your hydration level, your gender all of these things come into play.”

Crowson shared her weight lose tips that have worked for all of her clients.  

“Eating protein increases the number of calories that your body burns a day,” Crowson said. “So making sure that you’re getting lean sources of protein at regular intervals throughout the day, lean chicken, not fried chicken, fish, lean beef like 93 or leaner percent ground beef or sirloin are all great choices.”

 But beyond that, Crowson says to try to avoid processed foods and fill your diet with more whole foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Crowson says the more processed your food is the more calories your body will absorb from that food.

Sleep is also a huge deal.

Crowson says being able to sleep 7 to 9 hours each night is really important for weight loss because not getting enough sleep will increase your levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, which will increase fat storage.

“Incorporating omega 3 fatty acids into your diet will decrease the amount of calories you absorb,” Crowson said. “Good sources of these are nuts, salmon, fish oils.  However, let me just say to be careful because it’s very easy to over eat these kinds of foods, but they are very calorie dense foods.”

Lifting weights is also a must.

“This will increase your resting metabolic rate,” Crowson said. “Lifting weights will increase your lean muscle mass, it will change the shape of your body and it will increase the number of calories that you burn at rest.”

She says avoid extreme diets.

“This is the least effective was to lose weight,” Crowson said. “You may lose a little at first, but in the long run you’re going to be starving, you’re going to feel deprived, you’re going to eat more, you’re going to gain it back, plus some.  Your metabolic rate will be lower and it just introduces a whole host of problems.”

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