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Why counting calories indefinitely perceived as bad thing?

Tanie98Tanie98 Member Posts: 674 Member Member Posts: 674 Member
After losing and gaining back the weight over and over..I now decide that counting will be part of my life..I realized too that my maintenance calories won't be that much higher than what I'm eating right now as i'm only losing 0.5 lb per week. I only had 10 pounds to loose.

However, I was showing my boyfriend the myfitnesspal app and how i track my calories. And he said hopefully you will be able to know how much you need without having to check all the time..the problem is , when I don't have anything to keep accountable its easy to start over eating without realizing it. So counting will keep me on check

I can't help to feel that people might find me weird for constantly track and might have to track calories behind his back if we do move in together. Not to mention they're countless of videos on yutube of people encouraging people not to count calories and giving tips such as avoiding looking at food nutrition labels and that counting calories is unnatural and it's not way anyone should be living...And some give tips to stay in shape without counting but they all involved some type of restriction and interment fasting

I personally don't think feel like it's big deal having to track if that will prevent weight creep up. And people already have other things we have to do everyday as part of our routine without having second thoughts.

Have you been looked weird for counting calories?


  • mariomicromariomicro Member Posts: 62 Member Member Posts: 62 Member
    @Tanie98, counting calories is something only a tiny minority of people do, therefore it stands out and it might attract criticism, because most people want to follow the beaten track and do what the herd do. Counting carbs is more niche and fasting is even more niche.

    Spare a moment of pity for those like me who count both calories and carbs and, God forbid, also do intermittent dry fasting!
  • briscogunbriscogun Member Posts: 991 Member Member Posts: 991 Member
    It's just a tool. If it's a tool that works for you then who cares? If you have some other tool that you like better than use that.

    For me right now, I've been in the yo-yo lifestyle for too many years so I will probably do some kind of logging for as long as I want to maintain my weight at this level. I don't always log EVERYTHING that I eat all day long, but usually when I start the day off by logging it keeps me mindful of watching what I eat for the day. So as long as I log and track fairly well and keep weighing myself most of the time, it's been working for like 6 months.

    Do what works for you. It's your life, your weight, your weight loss journey.
    edited November 3
  • April_M_2015April_M_2015 Member Posts: 17 Member Member Posts: 17 Member
    Hi @Tanie98 - I am with you on the counting. Because I am a small person (short, small frame) my maintain calories are still very low. I've gone through the cycle a few times of losing and gaining about 5 pounds and the gain always comes when I let my guard down and stop counting the calories. I'm in lose mode right now but as soon as I hit my goal weight - I'm still going to count. I'll probably just enter my calories once a day and be a little less strict about weighing my food though. Be proud of your counting :)!!
  • IronIsMyTherapyIronIsMyTherapy Member Posts: 463 Member Member Posts: 463 Member
    In our current culture, to be normal is to be overweight. If counting calories makes me "weird," okay. I'll take that weirdness over my previous "normality."

  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Member Posts: 2,890 Member Member Posts: 2,890 Member
    I had a lifetime of watching my weight yo-yo up and down. Good intentions faded and sooner or later I would begin again the habits that made me gain weight. Nine years ago I got serious about losing weight and keeping it off. I discovered MFP and decided that I would continue to log indefinitely to see if it made a difference. I don't weigh my food but I do try to log everything I eat. It doesn't take much time, because my diet isn't all that varied. What I discovered is that the simple act of logging what I eat makes me think twice before I eat as to whether I really want it or not and whether I have the calories left to eat it without having to make up for it later. Some days I eat over my goal, some under, but I do it consciously. For me, the results have shown that this works best for me. I've stayed within my 5 lb. window for years. I eat what I want, without feeling deprived, but within reason. YMMV
  • OHFlamingoOHFlamingo Member Posts: 227 Member Member Posts: 227 Member
    I will count calories 'til the day I die! Just like I will keep track of all my checks and debits in my checking book! Neither takes much effort, is a good thing to do, and avoids big problems! This is what works for me!
  • Bluetail6Bluetail6 Member, Premium Posts: 1,309 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,309 Member
    NovusDies wrote: »
    If I had to have a mullet hairstyle, put on body paint, and use a giant rubber finger to log I WOULD DO IT. Weird? Who cares? Youtube videos whose sole mission is to get views not give out credible advice... who cares?

    I do not intentionally make a public display of it or mention it anymore than needed but I am excited to log because it has changed my life so much. If you do not like to see me do it. Look at something else.

    I am definitely in this camp. I so agree with "who cares... look at something else." Honestly, I don't give a *kitten* about what someone thinks about my logging. It is working well for me. I will continue to do me, lol. All of the above posters make some great points about what works for them.

    @tanie9. " ...might have to track calories behind his back if we do move in together." I sincerely hope this is not the case. Imho, this is definitely not the way to start a life together. This is something, again imho, that your partner should embrace about you, cause it is working for you. ;):)
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