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Q&A Wednesday: Will I Have to Count Calories FOREVER?!

by Erika Nicole Kendall


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Durkia March 27, 2013 - 1:21 PM

I’m a commenting fool today lol! I must admit that I did stop logging my daily food journals in my myfitnesspal app and it has definitely giving me insight into the fact that I am not about that life lol. I do still need to log my food because it helps me decide whether or not I want to waste precious calories on this or that. Back sliding with the journaling has caused me to gain back a teeny tiny bit of weight that I was hoping was muscle lol, but I know that it is foreshadowing for what could happen if I don’t continue my routine…for now.

Abby March 27, 2013 - 4:59 PM

Totally agree with you Erika, but I do have to say, its different for everyone. The last time I lost weight, I definetely calorie counted-it kept me accountable and helped me realize how much I was really eating. Plus, it reminded me how much harder I’d have to work at the gym to burn off that extra serving size. I do have to say that I never really counted my veggies-my romaine lettuce, my broccoli, since those are mostly water anyways. However, I notice that once I stray too far from counting my calories for too long, I start to gain again, which is where I’m at now 🙂 Trying to drop 5 pounds again-which I know will happen now since I’ve started counting again, and trying to eat 90% clean everyday, along with regular exercise. When I was in “maintenance phase” I still ballparked/counted, except on Saturdays…But yes, I’m a fan of calorie counting, and I agree 🙂

Dr. Haley Perlus March 27, 2013 - 7:06 PM

There’s got to be an equal focus between the number of calories and the quality of calories. I just watched a great documentary called Hungry for Change. In this documentary, they focused more on the quality of our foods. I believe that when you eat the most effective foods to fuel your body, the calorie count will take care of itself. Fill your plates with healthy energizing foods and the calorie count will stay low (and so will the unhealthy sugars and fats).

Jess M March 29, 2013 - 5:22 PM

Erika, I love you! This video is so timely for me. I’m trying to lose a few pounds right now, and I’m a huge proponent of calorie counting. I have always watched what I’ve eaten, and have never been overweight, however, I noticed recently that I developed bad habits during pregnancy that I have been continuing….and my baby is now 10 months old. I’m not overweight, but I can see the scale trending upward and was not happy with my figure. In using the tips here, I have been calorie counting and VERY satiated! I eat a TON of veggies and a reasonable amount if beans, and I’m RARELY hungry. Thank you for helping me to take my health to the next level. 🙂

P.S. I refer so many people to your site, but I’m not sure if they are ready to hear the message. I’ll keep working on them. 🙂

Marie June 5, 2013 - 4:35 PM

I use the myfitnesspal app. I am so glad for this tool. I didn’t even know where to begin with documenting what I eat, counting calories and understanding how all of it impacted my lifestyle. I did stop inputting data for about 2 weeks. The scale did not budge…I went back to documenting and the pounds are coming off again.

It will be a long time before I can even consider not counting calories which is a learned behavior that I never practiced.

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