I started calorie counting on 4/10/10. I have been following a whole foods lifestyle for a little over a year and while the scale wasn’t creeping back up dramatically, it wasn’t creeping down either. So after having a conversation with my doctor, I decided that I needed to seriously start monitoring my food intake and accounting for almost everything that I put into my mouth. I’m using the Livestrong Daily Plate tool. I find it very convient to be able to access my account from any computer. Plus I love being able to save my favorite meals and use them later for a quicker way to count my daily calories. According to the Daily Plate calculator, I should be eating around 1600 calories a day to lose 2 lbs a week. I have already dropped about 15 lbs since I started counting my calories. It feel good seeing the scale finally budge after being plateaued for so long.
Now for the downside of counting….I being hyper aware of everything I am putting into my mouth. I still really want to follow my whole foods lifestyle, but I am finding myself less willing to eat higher calories item like nuts and good oils. I realize that fats are essential for your body, but when I start placing a value on every calorie I eat, I start eating less of the things I should be eating. My goal over the next month is to start ‘forcing’ myself to incorporate the good fats back into my diet. If I start accounting for a serving of almonds 3x a week, then I will have to eat them. The key is remember that quality is better than quantity. Just because I can eat a huge bag of popcorn for the same caloric value as 2 oz of raw almonds, doesn’t mean that I should always choose the popcorn.
I guess that it is a lesson that every calorie counter has to learn at first. Now I need to comb back through my superfoods book and combine that with my calorie counting efforts.
Filed under: Blog on June 14th, 2010