When people first hear about intermittent fasting, they get excited by the overall concept and do not think about the whole picture. They think of intermittent fasting as the idea that you can eat what you want between certain hours, not eat the rest of the day and then lose weight. But what they do not realize is that if you are intermittent fasting, you still have to think about how much you are eating during the hours that you are allowed to eat.
Intermittent fasting is not a magic pill that changes the way our bodies work. It does help you burn fat and improve your overall health. But it will not ensure that you lose weight even if you eat 4000 calories a day! The only way that you could lose weight if you were eating that many calories is if you were burning 4500 calories in those days!
Calorie counting will always matter. It is a simple math equation. How many calories are you putting in your body, versus how many calories are you burning? If you are burning more than you eat, you will lose weight. Fasting intermittently will help with the burning, but it cannot make up for eating too much.
The best way to make sure that you are not eating too many calories is by controlling your portions. You can even start by getting food where you can easily see the number of calories in a particular amount.
Say you decide to have some toast with hummus and eggs for lunch. You can see how many calories are in two toasts, two eggs and a spoon of hummus. Now you are aware of how many calories you ate for lunch. If you had a second portion, you would double your calorie intake for the day, while damaging your diet.
Intermittent fasting is good and a very helpful way to lose weight. But it is not going to do anything if you are eating too many calories. It is why calorie counting will always be an important aspect of trying to lose or maintain weight, regardless of what and when you eat!