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Do You Count Calories?


While reading through the most recent issue of Women's Health, I was surprised to learn that Kristen Bell admitted she counts calories. She's says it's almost comforting and helps her stay conscious of what she's eating. If you're trying to lose weight or maintain your current figure, you've got to be aware of portion sizes, and for some, that means reading labels and monitoring their calorie intake. They may even keep track in a food journal. So tell me, do you count calories like Kristen Bell?

bsprague01 bsprague01 4 years 36 weeks
I do not count calories much. I focus more on counting carbs and my intake and bad fats. As long as you practice portion control I don't see the need to count calories unless you don't work out at all.
mtiger mtiger 4 years 36 weeks
Absolutely. I've lost 28 pounds counting calories (with 20 more to go)! But I also have a question like some of the other posts did...they say to never go below 1200 calories. But if I eat 1300 and burn off 200 to 250, is my body going into starvation mode? Does anyone know?
ckeller825 ckeller825 4 years 36 weeks
I try to, especially on livestrong.com b/c I have a problem with overeating. It also helps me see how much carbs/fat/protein I'm eating a day, which I think is a good thing to know.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 4 years 36 weeks
I use the online logs from Self or Glamour to keep track. It's a pain in the butt to go on every day but it keeps me in check on eating healthy and working out everyday (except Sundays) :)
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years 36 weeks
Not really but I am thinking about starting a food journal and maybe break my horrible habit of eating sweets.
FitBnnie FitBnnie 4 years 43 weeks
I use the Loose it! App on my iphone to track. It was instrumental in helping me get to my goal weight. Now that I'm here, however, I still track. Partially because my goal wasn't just to loose weight, but loose fat and gain muscle, so nutrition is still important. Unfortunately, like many of the other members, I think I obsess a little bit too much.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 4 years 46 weeks
I count calories because healthy ≠ low fat. I manage to work my favorite healthy high fat foods into my intake like avocados, coconuts and olive oil. I've lost 40+ lbs counting calories and it works for me.
AZDaisy AZDaisy 4 years 47 weeks
I love how people are saying they don't need to count calories because they eat healthy food. Healthy foods are packed with calories too! I was very surprised to find out that a banana has 100 calories!
cg130 cg130 4 years 47 weeks
Because I'm working on losing weight, I do count calories. I figure once I'm in maintenance, I will be more focussed on rough guideline than on being strict. I'm not insane about it though, and it's also important for me to know the carb/fat/fibre/protein content of what I'm eating,
sourcherry sourcherry 4 years 47 weeks
No, unless I've been out of track for a while and my jeans seem a little tighter. Then I might make a rough estimate to make sure I'm cutting back.
ella1978 ella1978 4 years 47 weeks
AZDaisy - I use nutrimirror - I like it! It's free, which was a big thing for me. It doesn't have every food possible, but it has a lot of them. And if you have a new food, you can always add it.
syako syako 4 years 47 weeks
I did. It's one of the ways I lost 20+ pounds (that and exercise). It's kind of become second nature for me so I don't literally count any more. It is nice to know that if I ever do gain weight, I know that I can log in to fitday.com, track my calories and nutrition and up the intensity of my workouts and get back down to a healthy weight.
itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 4 years 47 weeks
On a very day, yes. Most days, I don't give a s**t. But it's more that I go for healthy (read: low cal) foods on a good day, on a bad day I don't care what I'm eating and so it's high cal.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 4 years 47 weeks
I count calories in packaged foods, mostly because thats what I have as a snack. As for meals, well I just try to make them uber healthy and don't let myself be too limited.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 4 years 47 weeks
Obsessively. I do it obsessively, and I wish I could stop! It was helpful when I was losing weight, but now it just makes me overthink food and contributes to disordered eating. I wouldn't want to go back to the way I used to eat - far too many lollies and takeaways, and an extra 30 kilos to go with it, but I wish I could find a happy medium now. I have a few OCD tendencies and now that I know the calorie content of a lot of foods, my brain just automatically starts counting.
biarose biarose 4 years 47 weeks
I do at the moment.. but it's not so I don't eat to much, but so I don't eat to little. My foods of choice tend to be low cal so I have to add it up and work out how much extra I need to add in so I don't completely burn out.
Retro23 Retro23 4 years 47 weeks
100% of the time I do, yep. www.fitday.com is my vice!
mek123 mek123 4 years 47 weeks
I track what I eat and exercise through the weight watchers website and iPhone app - great way to stay honest and it has food lists to help determine the points.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 4 years 47 weeks
I track macro-nutrients, so I indirectly track total calories.
lizzie008 lizzie008 4 years 47 weeks
If I didn't keep count of how many calories I'm eating, I would gain so much weight. I love my food journal, and I also hate that I have to use it.
AZDaisy AZDaisy 4 years 47 weeks
I'm curious about that too! I typically eat anywhere from 1500-1800 calories a day...but I also exercise 5-6 days a week, so my NET calorie intake is below 1200. Is my body going to go into "starvation mode"?
zeze zeze 4 years 47 weeks
I was wondering, all these websites have these warning to NEVER drop below 1200 calories even if ur trying to lose weight - but is that for everyone? Like dead-rock-bottom? I'm only 5'3, and honestly, most days I've had enough food at 1100/1000 so long as I avoid sweets. It's that low b/c I've cut soda and sweets (most of the time) and it seems stupid to go eat a cookie just to get to 1250 and I'm too full to eat another serving of veggies/protein/bread.
4 years 47 weeks
I do like to track calories, just to be aware of what I'm eating. But I don't have a certain number of calories that I have to eat per day or anything. I mean, hopefully it's not way over 2000, but that doesn't really happen. If it does, I'll still eat "over" that if I'm hungry. So I keep count, but don't stick to any particular count. I think that would turn me into an anorexic.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 4 years 47 weeks
I stopped doing this a few years ago because it became an OCD type habit, and I was miserable. I felt trapped. Now I just work out, eat smart, and indulge a little every day. I maintain my weight, and I'm content with that.
Pistil Pistil 4 years 47 weeks
I tried because I had trouble getting enough calories everyday. I did it for a couple months, but I just can't be bothered to keep track of every little thing anymore.