As I’ve been trying to work out more and eat healthier, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to hold myself more accountable to make sure I wasn’t overeating.
I had heard many people swear by counting calories, so I thought I would give it a try. I thought it would help me to manage my food intake and to make sure I wasn’t sabotaging weight-loss efforts.
You thought Kim Kardashian’s wedding didn’t last long? I made it through three days of calorie counting before I threw it all out the window.
After doing some research, I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app for my iPhone, which I heard has the largest database of foods, and it allows you to log your workouts in addition to your meals.
It just didn’t work for me. I can see how counting calories could really hold you accountable and help you to plan out your meals, but I just felt guilty every single time I ate something.
I’ve always had a healthy appetite and would indulge in moderation when I felt like it. I’ve also always truly enjoyed my food. Once I started logging my eats, all I could focus on was the daily allotment of calories going down and wondering whether or not those calories were worth it. It just took all the joy out of my meals. I was stressed, unhappy and hungry.
It was also a lot of work. I would often forget to log something then try to retroactively remember all my snacks.
I think that as long as you are diligent and able to be exact with logging your food (it helps to have a food scale), and you don’t take the numbers too personally, calorie counting really could work. But I hated the feelings of guilt and resentment that I was feeling, so I quickly gave up the attempt.
I’ll just have to find another way to stay accountable!
Do you or have you ever counted calories?