• @eparrisfitness I get a lot of questions about diet! Here are a few considerations! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
You've filled your diet with only healthy foods... but you're not counting calories.
Trading junk food for cleaner eats is a fantastic start. But you know that old saying about having too much of a good thing? It applies here. Facts are facts: Calorie counting matters because calories count. A breakfast of granola with organic milk, a banana, and cage-free eggs is certainly healthy, but don't discount the numbers. Even low-fat granola has close to 400 calories per cup. Factor in a cup of 2% milk, a banana, and 2 eggs, and you're looking at around 750 calories... Pretty steep for breakfast if you're aiming for weight loss. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
You're burning calories with exercise... but still consuming more calories than you're burning.
Even if your gym promises that you’ll burn 500 calories with an hour of spinning, everybody is different -- you may only burn 300 calories. And since workouts do fuel the appetite, you might go on to eat an additional 400 calories' worth of food throughout the day. "After all," you think, "I've burned 500!" Bummer: You may have just taken in more calories than you burned, which can actually lead to weight gain. So how do you figure out the number of calories you're truly burning? A good place to start is a BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculator to estimate your general everyday calorie burn. Personal tracking websites like MyFitnessPal are good for tracking your calorie intake as compared to your calorie burn each day -- and for seeing how many calories you realistically burned during that workout. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
You make smart choices at restaurants... but you're dining out too often.
You might think.......”I only eat at restaurants that provide nutritional information, and I order the light options." That's a very good move… but the cold hard truth is that those numbers are just estimates. What comes out of the kitchen could very well be higher in calories -- it really depends on who's in the kitchen.