I don’t recommend counting calories — here’s why

Counting calories and “tracking your macros” via a calorie counter are popular ways of keeping on top of your food intake if your goal is to lose weight, build muscle mass, or both. But is there a benefit to cutting the counting rather than cutting your calories? And could other methods benefit you more?

According to YouGov (opens in new tab), approximately 27% of people globally, and 32% of all US consumers, count calories, while 42% disagree with totting up their intake. If your goal is to lose weight, a calorie deficit is considered the best way to do it; this involves burning more calories than you consume using a combination of exercise, increased daily activity, and calorie restriction. 

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