ask the nutritionist: calorie counting

I’m often asked about calorie counting and whether or not I do it. It’s one of those things that people love or hate. I love doing it – but not on myself.  I’ve gone through various phases where I estimated and wrote down everything I ate. I’ve kept track of fruits and vegetables, grams of fiber (The F Factor Diet) and most recently I’ve used the Lose-It app on the iphone. This app is fabulous if you are counting anything and is easy and fast to use. Except one minor problem – it makes me absolutely insane. I always have a rough idea about how many calories I’m eating but when there is a running total throughout the day? I swear there is some button that turns on and makes me want to eat everything in sight. Which is why I don’t count anything anymore. I just listen to my body. I like to check-in with myself every so often to make sure I’m not too far off base or if my jeans are tight but last week when I tried it for fun (yes, apparently this is the sort of thing nutritionists find fun…) but I noticed almost an immediate change in how I felt. I felt I needed to eat and I needed to eat less, all to just get the right “number”. How ridiculous.  So the moral of the story is that everyone is different and everyone’s bodies are different (another whole lesson in itself) and what works for me might not work for you. Listen to yourself and find YOUR balance!

What works for you?


  1. elle says

    I have the same exact problem with calorie counting. It’s so frustrating. Once I start doing it I find myself wanting to eat all the time. I think it’s because no matter how many calories you factor in for yourself, the urge to rebel becomes really strong. I do much better eye balling my meals and at this point I know most of the calorie counts by heart (sad) so it’s easy to stay within a good range without feeling like I’m being restrictive.

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