Almost every weight loss system teaches you to count your calories on a daily basis. It’s so common that you probably haven’t considered it might not be the most effective way to count calories. Even though you most likely divide your life up in 24 hour daily cycles, you’re body certainly doesn’t measure it out that way.
The reason you are taught to measure calories on a daily basis is simply because it seems to fit into your daily routine. This system can end up being restrictive and too repetitive not accounting for different activities you do on a day to day basis.
It is very likely that you naturally eat a bit more food on some days and at bit less food on other days. For example you might want to go out for dinner and drinks on the weekend, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Lasting weight loss should include the freedom to be able to eat foods you like. And the key to doing this is counting your calories on weekly basis instead of a daily basis.
Lets say you could lose weight by eating 2000 calories per day. That add’s up to 14,000 calories per week. If you want to eat a bit more on Saturday you can easily eat a bit less on Monday and Tuesday. For example you could eat 3000 calories on Saturday and eat 1500 on Monday and 1500 on Tuesday.
If you have a daily calorie guide and weekly calorie guide to follow you can do this sort of calorie shifting to accommodate different daily calorie levels.
A structured daily meal plan that shows daily as well as weekly calorie totals is the easiest way to manage this kind of calorie shifting.
Knowing your daily calorie count is important but not written in stone, you can shift them around throughout the week as long as you are at or under your weekly target for calories.
The easiest way to do this is to follow a meal plan system that accounts for both your daily and weekly calories with interchangeable meals.
This way you can reduce the calories from one day and add them to another day without disrupting your weekly balance.