Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your current weight, you don’t HAVE TO count calories to accomplish your goal.
But if you ARE going to count your calories, you can’t pick and choose which calories to count. They all count.
I see too many people struggling to lose weight and swearing they are in a caloric deficit, only to find there are so many calories they are neglecting in their day.
If you add milk to your coffee, those calories count. If you eat a side of vegetables, those calories count. If you pour a bowl of cereal and then reach your hand into the box to snag an extra handful for yourself, that extra handful counts.
It might sound silly and tedious to count something like milk in your coffee because the calories are minimal, but these things can add up over the course of a day.
If you discount certain foods in your day and end up missing 100-200 calories, that’s enough to impede your progress if it takes you out of a caloric deficit.
This is not to say you need to become an obsessive lunatic about counting calories- I mean, you don’t need to count anything at all! But if you’re going to count your calories, you should do it right.
If you’ve been struggling to hit your goals, and you swear you’re in a caloric deficit, the first place you should look is all the extra calories in your day you might be missing.
You may not want to count all your calories, but all your calories will always count!