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I too use both!!
I'm really trying to keep all my meals clean....still having troulbe keeping all snacks clean:)But I'll get there.
So counting helps too.
I looked at the meal plans in the Clean Eating magazine and one of the calorie ranges happens to be what I'm working with presently. So that helps as well!!!
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I do both..eat clean with counting. I'm five feet tall and have a huge appetite, i swear i missed my calling and should have gone into competitive eating..haha, just kidding. But i have a serious sweet tooth. If I have any taste of sugar, an entire weekend is ruined. I'm on another 6-week no alcohol no dessert cycle. I just can't have sugar.
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I use both, counting calories and eating clean...For me it is important that I tack "everything" I eat. I am using calorie cycling which has me eating a different calorie number each day. I am also trying to get lean and build muscle mass so it is important for me to eat my body weight in protein, 147 grams each day. I find it really easy to eat clean and track my calorie intake at the same time. I am a real basic eater so it is not hard to do and I have lost the urge to eat the bag of Doritos and junk foods I purchase for my niece.
Just a side note, even though you are eating clean "EVERYTHING" has to be done in moderation and you can consume too many "CLEAN" items to lose weight if you do not watch it.
Good luck on your weight lost journey.
I would recommend counting calories at least in the beginning. If eating clean is different than what you're used to, then you'll want to see how your new diet compares in calories to your old one.
Too much of a good thing can still be bad (for your waistline anyway!)
If you are trying to lose then you definitely need to exercise portion control as well as eat clean! The weight loss/gain formula is still calories in less calories burnt = gain or loss. 3500 extra calories = 1 pound gained, and a deficit of 3500 is one pound lost. :)
I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.
Orig SW 150, GW 134, CW 134, new goal weight 123
Portions and Moderation is the key for me.... but I still need to focus on keeping it COMPLETELY Clean. CURSE those Nacho chips used for homemade Salsa!
LOve hearing the Clean eating ideas.
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Hi there, I know for me, it takes both. I don't always put everything into my nutritional tracker because I've gotten accustomed to what certain things I'll eat for a meal i.e., 1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal + 1/2 cup skim milk + 1 tbsp of raisins. I measure but may not always enter into tracker. I also find that times of a plateau, I change things up to get things going and during those times I will be committed to entering my foods into the tracker. So, in other words, not so much an either or...I do both.
I also try to stay within the 1200 to 1500 range usually I have 3 meals with two or three snack in between. I find I'm pretty hungry every two to three hours. A snack can be a protein shake or a piece of fruit...just depends on what my day (activities) are like and how much running around with the kids (time) I make. I don't usually hit 1200...I may be a bit more but it is all working and during times of plateau, I may include a cheat weekend where I have more calories or I may go down in calories or switch up my exercise. Spin class really helped me when I plateau. And, everyone's body is a bit different. So experiment and see what will work for you.
Hope this helps! The important thing is to make it a life long change...the health benefits can't be weighed AND are amazing!
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I want to start eating clean, but also really want to focus on loosing 10 more pounds by July 1st. Do you also count calories while eating clean?
Also, SP says I should have 1200-1550 calories a day, but I have ready some other places that 1200 is low and that's the number I was trying to work towards. I will admit that the past couple days I have done well at most meals, but tended to have one bad meal a day.
Any help would be great! I feel that I need to change things up a bit to get these last 10 pounds off. Thanks!
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