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I won’t track calories anymore

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  • HotFrieZHotFrieZ Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    We're on a calorie counting forum so obviously this is a tough place to post something like this, but I agree with you and would like to do the same. I'd like to lose maybe 5 lbs or so and counting just isn't helping me. I have a history of restricting then binging so I can't cut too low without binging. I also have a 9 month old daughter and don't want her to grow up thinking she has to count calories. My goal is to improve the quality of my eating and just watch portions. I've actually been successful with that I'm the past and felt less deprived. Good luck to you!
  • TeaBeaTeaBea Posts: 14,171Member Member Posts: 14,171Member Member
    syeda2007 wrote: »
    Machka9 wrote: »
    syeda2007 wrote: »
    the good old fashioned way of losing weight, without counting calories.

    Old fashioned?

    Are the methods of 36 years ago "old fashioned"?

    Because ... even back then when lists of foods and calories were a bit hard to come by ... I still counted calories to some degree. I knew that a calorie deficit was the way to lose weight and it was helpful to know how many calories the food I ate had.

    Duh I know you need to be in a deficit to lose weight

    But I’m saying is someone can be in a deficit without counting, but I get some people don’t have the skill for that and need to count every minuscule calories down

    Yes, but here's the thing. Most of us are here because we aren't "skilled" at estimating calories in any kind of natural way. Our hunger cues and/or our sense of portions have become distorted. Measuring & logging is typically the wake-up call.

    Re; Every minuscule calorie - People lost weight long before digital food scales were a thing. Measuring with measuring cups does work for weight loss, you just need to expect some plateaus here and there. Realistic expectations.

    If you don't want to count there are other methods:

    There are diets that seek to control BEHAVIOR, that results in weight loss for some. Example - the No "S" Diet. No sweets, no snacks, no seconds, excepts sometimes on days that begin with "S" (Saturdays/Sundays and special days ie: holidays and birthdays).

    There is a plan where you diet 2 days a week (600 calories) and eat at maintenance the other 5, it's called 5:2. As long as you don't "make-up" for lost calories on your maintenance days, you lose weight. But again, realistic expectations.
  • NimbkarNimbkar Posts: 66Member Member Posts: 66Member Member
    I think it can be done without counting calories by being mindful and present when eating.
  • syeda2007syeda2007 Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    You're saying it takes more skill not to count, but you've failed with counting?[/quote]

    I am not judging people who want to count calories, for me Not counting is good because I don’t want to obsess about food all day long, I also don’t want buy into any fad diets, I know healthy people that do not count calories. Maybe it’s working for you.
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,381Member Member Posts: 3,381Member Member
    Foolish

    The problem isn't cal counting, it's NOT counting cals accurately.
  • syeda2007syeda2007 Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    I have yet to read a study that supports your view on sugar, any chance u have the source? Just curious I enjoy info. And I get it with the being tired of calorie counting. For me it's the only thing that works and I've tried everything. Good luck!

    Here is the link where I got the info from. Thank you and Good luck to you too.
  • syeda2007syeda2007 Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    I have yet to read a study that supports your view on sugar, any chance u have the source? Just curious I enjoy info. And I get it with the being tired of calorie counting. For me it's the only thing that works and I've tried everything. Goodluck!

    Here is the info

    https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/this-is-why-you-crave-sugar-immediately-after-your-meal-1712612?amp=1&akamai-rum=off
  • SlayLikeAWarriorSlayLikeAWarrior Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    I am on maintenance and I calorie count, but not often. Because I watch the portion of food that goes on my plate during calorie counting, I can determine how portion to put on my plate without tracking. I eat pretty much the same stuff so it a bit easy. I only track if it's something I have never eaten. So, it doesn't have to be tedious.
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