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Counting Calories

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by Princess3392

over 2 years ago

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What do you guys think about counting calories? Do you do it? I have done it for a while now because I have yo-yo dieted for so long that I am not sure if I can trust my body's "cues" of hunger/fullness anymore. Am I obsessing by keeping track? I find that I have an all-or-nothing apporach; e.g. if I go over on given day, I keep right on eating....SO....to count or not to count? Any advice?
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    trainer replied over 2 years ago:
    I'm not a fan of counting calories but I do like keeping a food journal. It keeps me straight because if I'm being honest with myself, I don't want to write down something I shouldn't have eaten. I stared eating clean 7 years ago and never looked back. No more yo-yo diets for me! Eating 6 small meals daily is not easy at first. I had to set a timer every 3 hours to remind myself to eat and within 2-3 weeks my body was slowly changing because I finally had a metabolism again.
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    editorNadia replied over 2 years ago:
    Counting calories is essentially a form of dieting and, as you mention, it can become a bit obsessive. Also, that tendency to keep eating when you "go over" one day is what psychologists call the "what the hell effect," which means that when we break our diet goals, we just throw caution to the wind and eat whatever. A more helpful strategy might be to get back in touch with what's going on inside your body. A mindful eating strategy to start with: Take a small handful of raisins and eat them as slowly as possible, noticing the flavor and the sensation in your mouth. Then, next time you eat a meal, do the same thing, chewing slowly and tuning in to the flavor. Over time, you can start to tune in to other sensations as well, noticing what your stomach feels like when it is halfway full, all the way full, or overstuffed. It takes mindful focus during your meals, but it can help you get back in touch with your body's sensations and cues. Some external cues can be more helpful than calorie counting too. A couple easy ones: Try eating off dessert plates and plan your meals in advance when you aren't hungry.
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    filomena replied over 2 years ago:
    After reading this, I felt like I had written it. I have become obsessed with calorie counting and if I do exceed my daily calorie intake, I end up eating anything I can get my hands on. I have been struggling my entire life with binge eating and I believe calorie counting has been the only thing that has worked for me. It's a daily struggle and I hope to overcome it some day....
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    Hanhoski replied over 2 years ago:
    First off I know from personal experience and (more so) preference that eating 6 small meals a day is not the best option, for ME. I found success in something called Intermittent Fasting. After having a baby I was 5'4 and 154lb. For awhile (3 months) a food journal got me down to 140lb. After set back after set back I tried iIntermittent Fasting. From early October to late November I had lost 13lb! Which got me down to 127lb. Because I have an abnormal love for food there is no way I allowed myself to be deprived of food. I did not starve, I did not deprive myself of cravings, I did not lose weight in an unhealthy way. It is unconventional and a lot of people are skeptical. But I am proof that you can enjoy food and lose weight. There is work involved of course but it was sooo much easier than anything else I have heard of. If you want success you have to do something that works with your personality and your relationship with food. I have a love for food that is beyond what most people would call "normal". Which means I love high calorie meals and in abundance! I have found that intermittent fasting allowed me to have more flexibility in what and how much I ate. There is calorie counting involved of course to make sure you don't go over your calorie limit for yourweight. It's important to figure out your RMR (resting metabolic rate) and that will tell you how many calories you burn by doing nothing. Once you find that you will know how many calories you can eat in order to lose weight. For example my RMR is 1233. That means if I want to stay the same weight I can eat up to 1233 and if I want to lose I have to eat less than that. Read up on the fasting and maybe it will click for you the way it did for me. Good luck to you and I hope you get the body you always wanted! Just an update on where I am now: I am at 125lb and just 5lb away from where I want to be. I have had many "splurges" so I have taken longer to reach my goal haha but if you stick with this, there's no way you can fail :-)
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    jdf123 replied about 2 years ago:
    yes! count calories and use caloriecount.com to find out what calories are in veggies/fruit - honestly if you fill up on vegetables buy an electric steamer) you will actually find it hard to eat the calories required for your diet - i stick to 1400 and actually feel soo full sometimes i have to add something calorie dense like avocado - aim first to get your vegetable servings, leans proteins are key and try to cut out processed foods and the best thing to drink is water, when i started eating like this i lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks
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