Do you count your calories or eat until you're full?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I eat healthy, exercise regularly, and trust my body to tell me what it needs. Most pregnancy weight gain is not fat (that’s maybe 20-30% of the total), so I think counting calories isn’t needed and will cause you more stress. Make good choices and don’t worry too much.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m not pregnant, but I eat slowly and stop when I start to feel a little full. I never count calories.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was a bit of a calorie counter for a while before pregnancy so I have know the calories for so many random foods! But now that I am pregnant I just try and eat healthy and eat when I’m hungry. Which is a lot lately (and I am 26 weeks).

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cherrypie:  +1. I exercise and eat healthy. If I’m hungry still I have another snack. No I’m not letting myself give into every craving. If I did I’d be subsisting off cookies and sour patch kids. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@hspw714:  I don’t count my calories but I try really hard to make good food choices. I eat what I’m craving but once that craving ends I stop eating whether or not I’ve finished it. I know that its a waste of time to eat around a craving because I’ll eat 10x as much trying to avoid the craving. I know we are supposed to eat 300-500 extra calories during the 2nd & 3rd trimesters (depending on what you read or who you ask). So I try to make sure those “extra” calories are healthy foods and not something like my starbucks pumpkin latte or a soda =) 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I never counted calories before I was pregnant and didn’t either during my pregnancy. I just continued to eat healthy and exercise and ate when I was hungry. There certainly were weeks I was more hungry and I just ate more. I averaged a pound or two a week, but some weeks I didn’t gain any weight and from weeks 36 to 40, I didn’t gain any weight.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No I don’t count calories.  I practice intuitive eating so I est slow amd consciously until I have had enough.  🙂 Counting calories is incredibly stressful to me!

Post # 10
cherrypieBee
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Also, for some people (self included), weight gain tends to cluster around growth spurts or other progress. I was a lb a week for a while, then nada, the up 2 in one, then back to a lb a week. Trying to control it like that will make you crazy — like I said, a portion of the weight is based on fat laying down, but even that is more dependent on hormones than hunger. The largest portion of what you gain is utterly unrelated to eating and beyond your control. Eat when you’re hungry, and go for high-protein, whole-grain options when possible.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think unless you were overweight( which I don’t recall you being) to begin with you should be listening to your body. You are making a baby and as long as you aren’t only eating sugar you are fine. Eat fruits, veggies and healthier snacks but dont starve yourself. Ask your dr if you are worried. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

@hspw714:  Due to my lovely ED that I had in my mid 20’s I spent years obsessively counting calories. I haven’t done that in about 5 years now, but I also really don’t have to. I think if you have a basic idea about how many calories is in something you don’t have to count every single one and make sure you are in the “right” area. I think most people also have a pretty good idea of what “red, yellow and green” foods are (red foods are things you probably shouldn’t eat everyday, yellow foods aren’t the best for you, but they are ok and green foods are GO FOR IT ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!)

For example, yesterday I ate about 6 fun sized candy bars because I suddenly needed them more than anything in the world. I will not endulge in that again for at least 3-4 days, and I will eat my normal healthy foods and keep active. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Nope, no calorie counting here. My food theory consists of three principles:

  • Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.

  • Eat what you want when you want, but don’t tank up on crap. I keep a fruit bowl full for snacks.

  • Drink lots of water.

Works pretty well, especially as I walk a lot to get fresh air with the babies. I only gained 30lbs with the twins and was back in pre-preg clothes (size 4/6) 10 days after birth. Don’t overthink it, just be sensible! 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not pregnant but I think you should listen to your body. Trying to control exactly how much weight you gain per week while pregnant just seems a little unhealthy to me. Obviously I’m not suggesting you go out and eat a whole package of oreos, but I wouldn’t feel bad about having some extra healthy snacks!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@JustMe12182:  I’m the same as you- I spent 2 years, after losing 60lbs healthily, battling some form of ED and counting calories religiously. since becoming preg I’ve been pretty lax about counting my calories. It’s almost like I finally trust my body (my therapist is proud, lol). I’ve been eating healthy and staying active, but I’ve finally indulged in foods I didnt let myself eat before. I’m 7w2d right now and I’ve gained 4lbs and it was scary at first but the scale hasn’t been moving much now so I feel like I can eat until I’m full and eat what I’m craving.

 

I also go by the rule if I indulge in one meal- like pizza for dinner- the next meal has to be a really healthy one, like yogurt and blueberries for breakfast or an eggwhite omelet with veggies. I figure that balances everything out. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I don’t count calories now, but I have previously so like @NewfieBullet: said, I’m aware of the relative amounts in everything. Back when I was counting to lose weight I developed habits and meals that were lower in calories but filling and healthy. So I do eat more of those types of foods when I feel the need to ‘slow the gain’ or if I was super bad the day before and want to make up for it. It’s like a gas pedal and a brake, but I never am hungry and if I feel too light for the day I add dense healthy calories (avocado, nuts, olive oil- healthy fats are important to me and high in calories). My primary diet before pregnancy was very focused on healthy fats, fruits, veggies, and complex startchs. Meat wasn’t really a priority but I eat it and never dairy. It worked for me really well- great blood work and everything. After I got pregnant I listened to all that general advice and ate totally differently which really messed me up. I’m back to eating what I think of as ‘normal’ and I’m much happier. IDK what you are eating now, but loads of steamed veggies at meals, berries and banana for desserts, and baked potatoes as the foundation of my dinner are ways I pull it in on light days. Sometimes though you might be hungry because you are missing something. So when I seem REALLY weirdly hungry I eat different foods from normal and see if that ‘fixes’ it. Plus I thought they went through spurts and we did too. you might be in a spurt. I checked and 27 weeks is brain development. Your body might want some Omega 3s. So salmon, shrimp or a bunch of walnuts might slow the hunger. (I am aware walnuts are lots of calories, but they are worth it) 

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