Calorie Counting Update

Hi everybody! Happy Friday! I wanted to give you an update on my new “plan”, which is calorie counting with the MyFitnessPal app. Ok, first of all – how is this app free? It’s freaking awesome, and way more functional, interactive and efficient than the Weight Watchers app. No offense to Weight Watchers, but as somebody in the digital industry, MyFitnessPal blows me away with its functionality. It also flashes this cool little update when you finish counting calories for the day that tells you, “If you ate this way everyday, in five weeks you’d weigh XXX pounds.” Very motivating!

I’m finding calorie counting strangely much easier than tracking points. The only “calculation” required is typing in what I ate – and usually, the exact brands and portions comes right up. I’m also a lot more full, and I think I figured out why. On Weight Watchers, I’d stave off hunger with zero-point fruit. What I’ve realized now is that fruit wasn’t really ever filling me up… in fact, it might have been making me even more hungry. I’m not eating as much fruit, but I’m not eating as much in general now – focusing more on heavier breakfasts and lunch. MyFitnessPal has me at 1,900 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week. I weigh in on Monday morning with my university nutritionist. I’m curious how it’s going to go – it’s been three weeks since I weighed in. It could be really good, really bad, or the same. We’ll see! I’ve also decided not to weigh in weekly. I get a little too focused on the number, and I think it’s better for me to focus less on what the scales says and more on what my body and clothes and FitnessPal say.

Here’s an example of how I’m eating. I’m trying to pack protein and fiber into my mornings, and focus on a slightly larger lunch to keep the snacking at bay. I’m still obsessed with Chobani 2% Mango, and I usually have a small snack at night – in this case, it was a small bowl of raisin bran. I usually don’t drink whole milk but it’s all we had, so it was a nice creamy treat.

I exercised for 40 minutes and ended the night with 262 something calories. Not too shabby. That’s 8 peeps! 😉

What are your thoughts about calorie counting? I initially thought it would be incredibly hard and force me to eat lettuce and water. In fact, it’s much easier than I thought!

Have a wonderful day!




5 thoughts on “Calorie Counting Update

  1. I find that calorie counting can be good as long as you don’t get to the point where you get truly anxious if someone offers you food you hadn’t planned on eating. I remember at times I’d have the day totally planned and then someone would be like, ‘Let’s get ice cream!’ and Iwould kind of resent them. This is NOT a healthy way to count calories! Lol

  2. I love myfitnesspal!!! Mainly cause it is free but so easy and informative! I Am still using it even preggers ( I know no dieting while pregnant) it keeps me from over indulging in things that are not that great for me or the baby and keeping tabs on workouts is key 🙂 I am excited to hear about your future progress with it 🙂

  3. MyFitnessPal is the BEST! They have every single food I eat in there; I have only had to enter literally 2 or 3 in the entire time I’ve used it. I’ve met a lot of great people on there, too, who are incredibly supportive.

    I’m so glad that you’re finding counting calories easy and that it’s working well for you. I had the exact same experience when I stopped WW and turned to calories. I’m sure that your appointment will go well on Monday. Plus, the great thing about counting calories is that you can always tweak them however you need to.

    Happy Friday!

  4. Dust? Dust? Dust anyone?
    One good thing about calorie counting is it gives good perspective on how many calories we’re really eating. Like a sugary soda compared to a bag of dried mango…

  5. I also love myfitnesspal, I’ve tried out others that my friends have talked about like Lose It and ALWAYS go back to myfitnesspal, because it was easy to use. Finally my friend tried it and comfrimed what I already knew…its by far the best one out there!

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