There’s no questioning that I think calorie intake is the most important thing to track when it comes to your body composition.
The only problem is that most people don’t know how to figure out the number of calories they need.
Today, I’m going to break it down in the easiest way possible.
Eat 12 calories per pound of your goal body weight.
Yeah, it’s that simple.
So let’s say you’re currently 200lbs and you want to get down to 170lbs.
Take 170 x 12 and you’d eat 2,040 calories per day to work towards your goal.
Is this method perfect?
No, but it will definitely put you in the right direction.
There are a few more things you’ll need to do:
- Weigh yourself at the same time every morning
- Track your calories every day in MyFitnessPal
- Try to eat 1g protein per pound of body weight
After a week, take the average of your weigh-ins and see how much progress you made.
If you’ve lost 1-2 pounds, you’re on track and keep going.
If you’ve lost much more than that, repeat the process for another week and compare your progress to week 1.
If you haven’t lost any weight, chances are you’re not tracking calories accurately enough.
It’s is not easy at first, but once you practice you’ll get better at it.
Tracking calories is an incredibly valuable skill, even if you don’t track calories for the rest of your life.
Inside my ebook, I shared exactly how I went from a 196lbs couch potato to a much leaner and more muscular 164lbs couch potato in 8 months, using the calorie tracking method.
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