General Diet Plans and Questions - calorie counting

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12-01-2010, 12:04 AM
I was just wondering if I can eat what you want counting calories as long as u don't go over and if calorie counting is best choice for a tight budget?

Nola Celeste
12-01-2010, 12:24 AM
The answer to that is a definite yes and no. :)

Yes, technically you can eat whatever is within your calorie budget. The weight loss equation boils down to this: if you take in fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight.

However, not all calories are nutritionally equal. Nor are they equally satisfying, life-sustaining, or economical. A homemade english muffin breakfast sandwich with an egg, cheese, and a slice of tomato is 300 calories. So is half a blueberry muffin. One of those choices will keep you full until lunch; one probably won't.

Then there's the issue of whether certain foods trigger addictive, binge-y behavior for you. Some people can eat just one of something, others can't. I don't know about you, but I have never gone on a green bean binge or been unable to stop scarfing down lean turkey. Cheez-its and Pringles, though? Different story. It's WAY easier for me to eat none of certain foods than "just a taste."

There was a lot of discussion recently about the twinkie diet ( that a guy went on. So technically, yeah, if you can get by on three Twinkies, a can of green beans, and a couple of handfuls of Doritos a day, you could lose weight like that.

I'd rather eat big honkin' heapin' plates of food, though, so I couldn't personally do the Twinkie thing. :)

12-01-2010, 01:06 AM
Thanks! That helps a lot.