Remember – there is no right and wrong way to fuel your health and performance. The only thing we recommend is finding a system that is sustainable and that is easy and simple enough for you to stick to consistently.
Also, you need to remember that your nutrition needs to reflect the things you want to achieve or are important to you.
Anyway, back to calorie counting or tracking. Is it needed? Well like all good questions, it depends. If you are competing in a weight-based sport or event like a fighter cutting for a fight, or a bodybuilder wanting to get competition ready then yes, you will likely need to track calories meticulously.
Additionally, some people just love the attention to detail and really enjoy exploring that side of the journey.
One thing we can’t deny when it comes to nutrition is that there is a set of basic principles we can’t escape, and energy balance or calories in vs calories out (CICO) is probably at the top.
For the majority of the general population and many professional athletes, tracking calories is not necessary. We’ve found it more sustainable to integrate things like prioritising protein and fibre at main meals to help regulate appetite naturally or using the hand portion system.
However, if tracking calories is something you want to have a crack at, we recommend trying the following as a starting point.