One of the most basic and simplistic methods for burning extra fat is the Casual Counting Method. Counting calories has always been a proven method of reducing extra energy by creating an all important caloric deficit within the body. The theory is that if you consume fewer calories than your body needs for energy throughout the day, it will have to tap into its stored energy (fat) and use that instead. It’s a sound theory and works for millions of people, but there is a drawback. It’s bloody time consuming!
To avoid the crazy computing and calculating of the traditional caloric deficit diets, you may want to try Casual Counting instead. Casual Counting doesn’t actually involve counting calories directly, but instead looks at the ‘macro’ elements of your meal portions.
The two macro elements of concern here are protein and carbohydrates. This method works best when eating real, whole food, ie food in its most natural form. Forget about anything processed as these foods will contain hidden fat burning blockers, like extra calories, sugar, high sodium, etc. Stick with the most natural and whole foods you can find, even while eating out at restaurants, as these foods will not only make it easier to balance the ‘counting’ but also be filled with all the essential nutrients your body needs!
What are some of these whole foods? For protein you’ll want to find meat, fish, chicken, cheese, eggs, plain yogurt, and tofu. Legumes, beans, nuts and milk have a high concentration of carbohydrates, so they’re harder to balance with, but can still be used. For carbohydrates it’s a little more confusing. There are basically two categories of carbohydrates, simple and complex carbs. Simple carbs consist of just about every fruit and vegetable, simple. The complex variety are a lot more ‘starchy’ meaning there is a much higher proportion of chemically bonded sugar molecules within. These would be your root vegetables like potatoes and any and all grains, like bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals and rice. There’s just a whole lot more sugar energy packed into complex carbohydrates per volume and they usually need to be cooked to release any nutritious value. Now that you have a basic idea of the types of macro nutrients involved with Casual Counting, let’s learn how to do it!
Keeping things simple, you’ll be looking for approximately 4-6 mini meals per day. You can call one meal a ‘meal’ and another a ‘snack’ but it’s all the same to your body (calories in). Simply look down at the palm of your hand and that’s the size of your protein portion for each of your meals. Now take two fist size portions of simple carbs (or one fist of complex carbs) to balance out the meal and your done! Bon Appetit and enjoy burning fat and feeling great about it!
Oops, what about the fat portion? We’re not in denial here, just keeping things ultra simple. In most or all of your protein choices, there will be contained a healthy quantity of fat. No fat needs to be added to a meal unless it’s composed of fat-free protein, like most protein powders and such. You obviously won’t be living on protein supplements (I hope) so a nice omega fatty acid supplement can be added to protein shakes and other ‘fat-free’ meals. Flax seed oil and fish oil are great substitutes.
Again, the name of this game is Casual. You’ll be amazed at how powerful this simple method of nutritional fat burning can be for you! If it appeals to your personality and/or lifestyle, I highly recommend it!