As someone who hates counting and tracking calories and macros I want to tell you that intuitive eating is the way to go, but I might be steering you in the wrong direction if I told you that. Intuitive eating is what has gotten you heavier than you want to be in the first place because you eat when you feel like it so here are the stipulations.
See, real intuitive eating is eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. No boredom eating or snacking or eating because something sounds good. Eating only when hungry sounds simple, and it is! It’s pretty much what I preach about in my book but here’s the thing. This only works if the majority of your foods are coming from a mostly unprocessed, whole foods diet. Mainly because these foods are low in calories yet filling with no added sugars, sodium or fat.
But if I said yes, just eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full and you kept eating a diet of mostly unhealthy foods, you probably wouldn’t see any results. Most people who are overweight, over eat. But sometimes your don’t think you’re overeating, but your consuming too many calories and may still be hungry at the end of the day.
So if you want to eat an 80-90% healthy, whole food diet, like lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole grains like brown rice, and other raw foods then intuitive eating is the way to go as long as you eat enough protein and follow a few simple rules, like protein at every meal, only eat when hungry and stop before you’re too full. You’ll be healthier, get leaner and you won’t have to worry about tracking for the most part.
Now if you still want to eat bread, pizza, boxed foods and other things one wouldn’t consider too healthy you’re going to have to track everything and you’ll probably end up being hungry if you don’t go over your calories. I wrote an article about how to track macros HERE
If you’re just starting on a fatloss/weight loss journey or like me starting on it a second time after having a baby then I recommend tracking your food AND eating a mostly whole foods diet. You need to know where you should be because your intuition or what you think is your intuition could be off from over eating for a long time. You could be eating too much and not know it.
I know tracking is annoying but I recommend doing it for at least a month. Then you can get an idea of how much you should be eating. Again, read my blog post about Tracking Macros (carbs|fats|protein) HERE