Fat Loss Study: The Truth About Calorie Counting

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Today’s study is pretty darn cool: Researchers did a two week study on 524 men and women.

The subjects were supposed to estimate how many calories they ate each day and this number was compared to their actual calorie intake.

And the result?  On average, the subject under-reported their calorie intake by 11% each day.

What’s this mean for you?

Well… if you’re thinking that you are eating 2200 Calories, you are probably taking in closer to 2442 Calories instead.

The extra 11% each day can completely halt your fat loss.

My recommendation is that every few months you go through a period where you weigh and measure all of your food, as a kind of “reset” button where you re-train your brain to recognize proper food serving portions.

Other than that, make sure you’re eating all healthy and nutrient-dense foods, so if you do get any extra calories, they’ll all be from good stuff.

Here’s the reference for the study above:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 88, No. 2, 324-332, August 2008. The US Department of Agriculture Automated Multiple-Pass Method reduces bias in the collection of energy intakes.

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