I know that the thought of counting calories can be a turn-off for many people. Before I got serious about my eating habits, I didn’t want to have anything to do with counting calories. It would be just something else in my life I’d have to keep up with. You may feel the same way. Yet, after the first few days of eating healthy, I started tracking my calories because I had no idea if I was over or under my daily goal of 1,350.
I logged into my My Fitness Pal account and began tracking. It was actually easier than I thought it would be because most of the food I tracked was already available in their database. Even if it isn’t, all I have to do is plug in the info from the nutrition label of whatever I am eating.
The Huge Benefits of Calorie Counting
Portion Control – In the past my portions were much larger because I ate until I was full. That is really bad when you’re eating a lot of processed food. Now that I’ve been keeping track, I have learned what size my meals should be. This helps a lot when you have to dine out and need to control your portion sizes.
Accountability and Motivates Others – One cool feature with MyFitnessPal.com is that whenever you’re done logging your meals for the day, you can have them automatically posted to Facebook and/or Twitter. I have them post to both and it does two things I’ve noticed so far. First, it helps keep me accountable because I know my friends and family will see my meals. Second, it has been a motivation for others who want to eat healthier as well. I’ve received positive feedback from people about my meals and how it has got them to try healthy eating as well.
Motivation to Keep Going – Once I’m done tracking my calories for the day, I look back on my meals and feel proud of myself for not slacking and sticking to my plan. As each day goes by, I become more confident and I’m also creating the habit of eating this way as a lifestyle and not just to lose weight.
Counting calories may still not be an option for many people. If that is the case for you, there are a lot of helpful books that can help you choose lower calorie and healthier food. Two that come to mind include: