Long lasting weight-loss success can only be achieved when the patient is seeking lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes are much more important goals to hit than reaching any particular number on the scale. An example of such a lifestyle change could be to to stop drinking soda. One 12 ounce can of coke has 39 grams of carbs and they all come from sugar. By simply removing one can of coke a day from their diet a person is giving up over 1170 grams of carbs per month.
But calculating the carbs is complicated. And I hate to confuse you. So my personal recommendation is to keep the process simple. Stop counting and micro managing your diet and just make lifestyle changes. Another lifestyle change could be to climb the stairs at the office as opposed to taking the elevator. This a much more simple and achievable goal than saying, “I am going to take 10,000 steps a day.”
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not discouraging you from having specific goals. I just feel long lasting change comes from making mindful decisions, not over counting everything. Counting nutrients will help you lose weight, but is that lifestyle sustainable? Can you really see yourself counting carbs for the rest of your life? Or would you rather make healthy choices on autopilot without even thinking about it? Such an automatic gravitation towards mindful decisions is much more sustainable than micromanaging every single thing we put in our body.