While I was watching Sarah Fit’s video, 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight, I couldn’t help but notice all of the comments bashing calorie counting. “Counting calories, journaling everything that goes into my mouth is no way to live,” one person says. Agreed, no one wants to log their calories every single day, but for me, counting calories every now and then can be a major wakeup call.
I am an overeater. I match my portion’s to Xavier’s, and I certainly don’t need to consume as much as a 25 year old man. Every now and then I’ll get on a calorie counting kick, measuring portions and logging every bit of food I eat. It takes extra time, but sometimes I need a reality check.
I don’t feel the need to be strict all of the time because the experience of measuring and counting has taught me so much. A small handful of nuts is a serving. An large egg is about 70 calories. The size of your palm is about 3 oz of meat. You can pretty much eat as many veggies as you want.
I use MyFitnessPal which lets you track calories online or with the MyFitnessPal app. The app is amazing because it lets you scan barcodes of the foods you eat, and you can pretty much every food is in their database. On their website you can paste an entire recipe, match up the ingredients, and get a calorie count per serving.
Don’t get stuck on the numbers! Paying attention to what I eat and measuring out my food has taught me about portions, so when I’m not adding up everything, I just ask myself, “Does this look like too much food?”
It’s not one-size-fits-all, and counting calories may not be the wakeup call you need for your diet, but how will you know if you don’t try? Give it a shot one day a week, and eat more consciously. You may be eating more than you think.