• Emma Green

Should I count calories or just eat healthy?

Photo credit: Kim Burrows

When I first started working with clients, I had them tracking everything: workouts, sleep, macros, steps, energy and hunger levels. Although having data can be useful, it’s important to be mindful about whether we really need it all. Tracking takes a lot time and energy for clients and may not be necessary for their goals. I used to think that it was important for everything to be as ‘on point’ as possible but now I would rather have someone be as flexible as possible for their goals.

It can be easy for nutrition and fitness to take over our lives but I think it’s so important to keep things balanced. Certain goals may require imbalance (running a marathon, getting on a bodybuilding stage etc) but that shouldn’t be the default approach.

It’s a cliche but life is short and I think we have to remind ourselves what really matters. It’s great to be fit and healthy but being happy is important too. When fitness and nutrition are making us unhappy, it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate things.

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