Anti-4HB Advice: Count Calories on Slow Carb
Maybe it’s your dirty little secret, or maybe you share it with everyone? Maybe you’re wondering if it would help your fat loss go faster? The truth is, for all the comments in the book about not counting calories, I think a lot of people are, and I can give you at least one good reason to.
I might get some concerned comments over this, but I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I think there’s a great reason to count calories on the slow carb diet. But first, let me get into the reasons not to.
- The most important reason to not count calories, is if you believe your fat loss is going to come solely from a lowering of calories, compared to your calorie requirement for the day. Slow carb does its fat loss work in different ways to other diet systems
- Secondly, don’t even think of counting calories if your brain plays games with you, and tries to make you eat less and less.
- Just as importantly, counting calories is not a great pastime, and if is supporting some kind of anxiety problem, then it’s a good sign to stop and take a deep breath.
If you’re feeling a little too familiar with any of the above, don’t brush it off. All of these ideas, if left to sit, or if ignored, could actually create bigger problems for you, and I’d suggest working on some solutions before you continue.
So why would I suggest that counting calories is a great idea?
Simple. I think a lot of people are undereating, by quite a lot, in some cases, on slow carb. We work with a lot of people who ask us questions about what they’re eating each day, and a common theme is salads, chicken and more salads. Some people include a protein shake somewhere, and perhaps a few eggs.
Despite being an eating regime designed to help the body lose fat, slow carb isn’t about eating very small amounts of food, or limiting your body from getting nutrients it needs.
The way slow carb works is different to a lot of other programs, and the differences shouldn’t be underestimated. Where hard exercise works in some programs, it in fact hinders fat loss on slow carb, for example. Likewise, where restriction of calories, and even exclusion of carbohydrates induces fat loss in some other diets, it is not the basis of slow carb.
For this reason, I recommend to a lot of people that they track 3 or 5 days of eating with a free online tool like DailyBurn, to check what’s actually going in. It should be covering the bases, at least, in terms of calories, and protein. You want to target around 90-150g of protein per day. And you’ll need to do a quick calculation of your daily calorie requirements.
Remember, this isn’t about then aiming to eat less. Its simply to ensure that your calorie intake isn’t remarkably less than your daily requirement. If what you’re eating is around 1000 (or lower), or even down around 1400 calories per day, you might actually be slowing your fat loss down.
So, if you suspect that you might be undereating (common symptoms are lack of energy, headaches, irritability or stalled fat loss) then consider tracking what you’re eating over a few days. You might be surprised with the results!
Let me know what you think.. have I gone too far? Or does this make sense in context, even though it’s against the advice in the book. Leave your comment below.
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