What do you like about counting calories?

Everyone always complains about it, but let's list some positives about counting!

I like that I can lose weight and eat chocolate and drink wine without sabotaging myself!

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  • TheVirgoddess
    TheVirgoddess Posts: 4,535 Member
    edited February 2015
    I like the knowledge, control and options it gives me.

    It's fun for me to sit down in the morning with my coffee and plan my day - see where I can fit treats or tater tots (I LOVE TATER TOTS) or whatever it is I'm wanting. Making it all work.

    It's also been really nice to, for the first time in my life, really understand food and nutrition.
  • girlviernes
    girlviernes Posts: 2,402 Member
    I like it when things are FEWER calories than I thought, like goat cheese and pretty much every vegetable.

    I like being able to compare my intake to my losses over time and get a good idea of what I actually burn in a day.

    I like being able to eat any food I like without worrying if it will screw up my diet.

    I like the reality check that keeps me focused so I don't eat just any food at any time.
  • jnv7594
    jnv7594 Posts: 983 Member
    I just find it freeing. I used to think that the only way I could lose weight was to cut out my favorite deserts and restrict fat. I have learned that's not true, and that I can eat anything I want and fit it into my calories. I honestly wish I would have known it could be this simple years ago.
  • segacs
    segacs Posts: 4,599 Member
    Ooh, good question!

    I like it because I'm a data geek. If someone had told me years ago that losing weight was all about math, I would've done this ages ago.
  • ana3067
    ana3067 Posts: 5,624 Member
    I don't have to guess or use exercise to lose weight. If I'm not losing or if I were to gain I'd know why and how to change it.
  • DKG28
    DKG28 Posts: 299 Member
    i'm rediscovering cooking because I can make tastier, lower-cal versions of pre-packaged food. I actually didn't cry chopping onions today because I've done it so much lately I'm building a tolerance!

    counting calories is utterly logical to me, and that's the way I like to think.

    it leads me to mindful eating - overall greater enjoyment of flavors and textures replacing enjoyment of sheer quantity.
  • trina1049
    trina1049 Posts: 593 Member
    I like knowing how much I can eat each day depending on whether I exercise or not. I like know that I don't have to be hungry because I can play with the calorie numbers to fit the foods I love into my daily plan. I like the control. I'm really happy that I educated myself about nutrition and how losing weight works. I never truly understood it before. I like figuring out my macros and understanding which macro mix works best for me.

    Lord knows, I've tried every diet there is. Thanks to MFP I can reach maintenance (only 10lbs away now) and never yo-yo again.
  • epido
    epido Posts: 353 Member
    I like the end result of having my body continue to shrink - because honestly, I don't enjoy counting calories. It's simply a necessary thing I must do to succeed.
  • arditarose
    arditarose Posts: 15,575 Member
    I feel in control. And I feel LESS guilty about eating food, because if I'm eating it then I know I can have it and still be losing or maintaining weight.
  • cheshirecatastrophe
    cheshirecatastrophe Posts: 1,395 Member
    edited February 2015
    Very specifically, I like the MFP system of counting calories up to a daily target that pretty much guarantees you won't gain weight as long as you're honest.

    Just "counting calories" on my own has gotten me into trouble, as I start competing with myself to eat less than the day before...every day.

    And, of course, can't argue with the results. :)
  • annaheyoolay
    annaheyoolay Posts: 100 Member
    I love it! I look at it like a puzzle, trying to hit my macros and micros each day. I especially love figuring out what my after dinner snack will be, sometimes I get ice cream because I have a lot of calories left but need calcium, sometimes it's a handful of shredded wheat for the iron.
  • amf0324
    amf0324 Posts: 46 Member
    I love the maths. It all just adds up to weight lost.
  • segacs
    segacs Posts: 4,599 Member
    I love it! I look at it like a puzzle, trying to hit my macros and micros each day. I especially love figuring out what my after dinner snack will be, sometimes I get ice cream because I have a lot of calories left but need calcium, sometimes it's a handful of shredded wheat for the iron.

    I do this too. I look at what I'm low on for the day and make my snack fit those macros and micros. The only difference is that I like to plan my snacks in advance along with the rest of my day, so I know I can look forward to, say, chocolate on Monday, popcorn on Tuesday, etc. The anticipation makes it taste better. :)
  • karyabc
    karyabc Posts: 830 Member
    :# because i get to eat a lot and never feel guilty!
  • AmyRhubarb
    AmyRhubarb Posts: 6,890 Member
    I like the knowledge, control and options it gives me.

    It's fun for me to sit down in the morning with my coffee and plan my day - see where I can fit treats or tater tots (I LOVE TATER TOTS) or whatever it is I'm wanting. Making it all work.

    It's also been really nice to, for the first time in my life, really understand food and nutrition.
    Pretty much exactly what I was gonna say. B)

  • mgalsf12
    mgalsf12 Posts: 350 Member
    I like the results I see on the scale and in my wardrobe. :)
  • Sharon_C
    Sharon_C Posts: 2,132 Member
    I like the feeling of being in control. When I don't count calories I feel like my eating is out of control.
  • AndreaEIE
    AndreaEIE Posts: 33 Member
    I like knowing how much I have to "spend" and how much I need to workout in order to "afford" a certain food. I love the options and control!
  • Mech9
    Mech9 Posts: 252 Member
    It gives me an excuse to use my phone at the dinner table. :]
  • ovinas1
    ovinas1 Posts: 413 Member
    It actually makes me aware of foods you thought where good are bad. Foods you thought where bad are good.

    For the headstrong(I don't need to ask for directions) it just a great self teaching tool.