Stop Calorie Creep And Lose Weight With This Easy-To-Remember Rule Of Thumb
While calorie counting is not the be-all and end-all of a healthy lifestyle, if you do want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, you do need to keep an eye on calories because it’s incredibly easy to eat more than you really need.
On average, adults in England eat 200-300 calories more than they need each day, according to Public Health England. That’s about the amount of calories in Mars bar (230 calories), so just a small snack can push you over the line. It may not seem much, but a daily Mars would see you eating 84,000 unnecessary calories over the course of a year.
Trying to count every single calorie you eat is not simple. In fact, the process is so exacting it takes an iron will to continue doing it for more than a few days, even with healthy eating apps like MyFitnessPal that can scan barcodes and count the calories for you.
To make things easier for those trying to stay within the recommended calorie intakes (which are 2,500 a day for men and 2,000 for women), Public Health England suggests you use the 400-600-600 rule for your meals. That’s 400 calories at breakfast, 600 at...