(Closed) Does anybody NOT calorie count and manage to stay fit?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I don’t calorie count. I find it makes me MENTAL. I did do myfitnesspal.com for a while to get a perspective on what’s I’m eating. It was helpful but that’s abotu it. I work out 6 days a week, have a decent metabolism and avoid processed foods as much as I can. I’m 5’6″ and 134.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I calorie counted for probably 8 months and it made me insane. I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and weight and numbers, so I have to be very careful. A good thing about calorie counting is that you get a really good idea of what you’re putting into your body and what x# of calories is really equal to. I think everyone should count calories for a period of time, even if it’s one week, because I don’t think the average person really understands what they’re putting into their body.

So I haven’t counted calories in probably a year and I stay within 3 lbs. of the same weight I was a year ago. At my highest I was 176 and I’m currently 115 and I’m 5’1″. I weigh myself once a week, if I do it any more than that I make myself crazy. If I weigh 1 lb. more next week, then I cut back a bit on alcohol, sweets, and refined carbs.

I work out 6 days a week and try to keep things new and fun in order to maintain fitness and not get burnt out. I don’t drink soda, every Saturday I let myself eat whatever the hell I want for dinner and dessert, and I drink a glass of red wine almost nightly.I don’t do any artifical sweetners.

For dairy, I eat a good amount of greek yogurt and it’s either 0 or 2% fat. I also snack on string cheese and use light cheese, in general. I don’t do milk- I sub almond milk and I also use Earth Balance, instead of butter.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t calorie count. I am 6 ft tall and weight about 170, although about two years ago I weighed closer to 195 (professional pastry school is hard on the ass). I lost the weight by doing a lot of strength training and by cutting all processed foods, snacks, sugary drinks, and sweets out of my diet. I do eat sweets that I bake myself, but I only bake a limited amount because if they’re here, I’ll eat them. I eat a lot of protein, esp eggs and plain Greek yogurt, and a lot of salads.  I also work out seven days a week (but I teach yoga so it’s part of my job).

Alson- don’t focus on cutting fat. Fat adds flavour, and healthy fat can actually help stoke your metabolism. Sugar and refined carbs are a better target. I wish we could go back and erase the whole fat-free craze from history.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My Fiance and I both hate calorie counting (he more than I), so here is what we do.

I suggest looking at fat content and sodium content in the foods you buy, the lower the better. Avoid pre-processed meals (like TV dinners and canned sauces and veggies) as those are loaded with sodium. Cook your own meals. Eating out, even when you “make healthy choices”, doesn’t help as the food is so rich and fat laden that it won’t assist you (no one uses fat-free in the restaurant business). Try snitching on veggies whenever possible instead of sweets like cookies or chips (look for recipes to dip the veggies into (thank you pinterest), or eat an apple with a little cinnamon). My mom and Future Mother-In-Law use hot pepper flakes on ALL their afternoon and evening meals to help them (Red pepper flakes help boost your metabolism and help you to eat slower and smaller amounts because of the heat). Fry things with water (a Japanese trick), instead of oil and add some broth to flavour it.

As for the working out thing, it’s so hard to convince us to actual do an activity, so finding an activity you can do alone that you really enjoy (I swim twice a week), or that you can do together (he drags me up the stairs of our condo building – but I complain the whole way), preferably that you both enjoy so one person isn’t complaining the whole time. Take the stairs whenever possible, walk as much as possible, and stretch. 

Pinterest has a lot of really good ideas, weight watchers recipes (even if you don’t follow their program) are not only healthy, but delicious; and the cookbooks The Looneyspoons Collection, Eat, Shrink & Be Merry, and Crazy Plates are pretty awesome too.

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m 5’4, 123 and have never counted calories or really work out but I’m just mindful of what I eat.  Growing up, my mom cooked fairly healthy foods.  Steamed veggies, seasoned lean meats, and rice.   I do the same for meals now too, and try to cook most days.  On lazy days I’ll do pasta or frozen meals which arent the best, but I typically only do that 5-6 times a month.  She never really kept butter, chocolate, lots of sweets or soda around, and now I’m the same way also.  I don’t buy a lot of junk food, but once in a while I may pick some up.  My weakness is chips and salsa – I usually have that around the house.  I guess I don’t ever feel deprived though cause I just really don’t crave junk food and unhealthy food that much.  For milk, we always drink 1%.  I eat cottage cheese over yogurt now cause it has a lot less sugar and more protein.  I don’t eat a lot of cheese either, and never sprinkle it on pastas… I find I dont really taste it and it’s just added calories. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

No I don’t count calories, but I’m slim.  Though it’s good to know how much calories is in your food.  For example I do not eat those muffins at Coffee Bean/Starbucks anymore because some of them can be up to 600 calories! WTF! I used to also love soda but cut it out years ago, just drink less and you’ll actually crave it less.  I’ll occasionally sip on sprite, but when I’m done, I just toss it.  I usually splurge ONE meal a week… I don’t let myself have an entire day because you can really derail your progress during that time.  I eat alot of grilled chicken and tuna, sweet potatos and fruits and veggies.  Dont think of it as a diet, think of it as a lifestyle change.  Good luck!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t calorie count. But this is what I do:

I make sure I’m getting consistent exercise in.

Portion control. No going back for seconds and not overloading my plate.

No munching on chips while watching tv and make sure I sit down and eat my food. I have also noticed I eat less if I take my time eating.

Lots of water.

I make sure I get my fruits and veggies in. 

Get a good breakfast in. Not huge but a nice healthy breakfast like eggs on whole wheat toast.

Lately I’ve been watching my sodium intake. I’ve noticed pretty much everyone has too much. I’ve never been a person to add salt to my food, but the existing salt in food is ridiculous.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t really consider this a diet, but a lifestyle, but all I really eat is veggies and meats. some fruit. no grains. it’s not really about “dieting” it’s about changing your diet. I don’t count calories and i’ve been able to maintain this weight.

http://whole9life.com

Post # 11
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Newbee

I’m 5’6″ and fluctuate between 115 and 125. I didn’t make it a week when I tried counting calories. The constant “is this ok? can I eat this right now?” and adding up numbers was frustrating. Instead, I cut out soda, all processed foods, and most dairy. Granted, I’m lactose intolerant so I should be avoiding that anyway, but hey, pizza is hard to give up. 🙂

I eat at least a granola bar or soy/coconut yogurt in the morning and 2-3 smallish meals throughout the day. But, I’m a chronic snacker. I’ve found if I’m snacking on anything (seriously, I’ve lost weight stress eating boxes of Oreos before) every few hours, I actually lose more weight or maintain my current weight way easier. Probably something about keeping my metabolism busy.

Oh, and I never turn down sweets. It’s easier to have a cookie when I want one rather than deal with the guilt of mercilessly killing off a batch of cookie dough after behaving myself for a week!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I did weight watchers for about 6 months, dropped 20 lbs (from 120 to 100 lbs, i’m 5’0″) and I don’t count / track anymore. I have managed to keep all the weight off for over a year.

I think the reason it works is because it teaches you how to eyeball portions and you realize that some foods you didn’t think were “that bad” are actually terrible for you. I eat intuitively now and sometimes I will think “that piece of pizza is about 7 points, which is almost 2 miles of running. Do I want to run 2 miles later tonight?”

I highly recommend it, you don’t have to do weight watchers forever. It teaches you how to eat real-life foods reasonably.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@MapleLeafMel:  +1

I am 5’4″ and 125 lbs but a little over a year ago I was 155. It didn’t come off all at once, and I still have to be careful but I am a lot more aware now of what I’m eating and HOW MUCH I’m eating. I’m a grazer, so if I’m bored at home, I eat. At least, I used to be. I’m getting much better.

I can’t deprive myself either because then I crave whatever is bad for me even more, instead of having a little bit to satisfy before it becomes a full blown binge (usually candy, I have a major sweet tooth). Everything in moderation is my motto.

And exercise is key. You can’t lose weight and keep it off (healthily) without exercising. Even if its just taking extra long walks, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. Every little bit helps. And as the weight comes off you’ll notice that you get more energy, and you can use some of that energy to work out more! It’s all about creating good habits :]

Good luck!

ETA: Also, I drink water 90% of the time. I have a soda or fruit juice/smoothies mayyyybe once every couple months. It’s crazy how many empty calories and sugar there are in those drinks. I’ve noticed I don’t really crave them anymore since I’ve been without for so long. But jolly ranchers? Still crave those suckers quite a bit lol.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsCreeToBe:  Who doesn’t calorie count? How do you stay healthy and fit? I want to be able to enjoy foods and drinks and not stress over every mouthful for the rest of my life. How do you do that without being chubby? Is it even possible?

I do not count calories and I never have!  I think calorie counting is misleading – because you can eat fifteen 100 calorie packs of brownies and met your quota right there.  But it’s all crap calories! 
 
Instead, I try to limit processed foods and try to eat from scratch a lot.  Lots of veggies, fruits, good healthy fats (avacados, olives, oils), lean meats seafood, pasta/rice/potatoes in limited quantities.  I LOOOOVE curries – like coconut curries made with hot curry powder or curry pastes.  So easy and you can mix and match veggies.
 
I am also pretty active.  The weather has been warm this week, so I ran 2 days in a row and then I just biked.  Just about 30 minutes for now.  I also do weights and body weight exercises in my basement (pushups, squats, burpees, lunges with weights, etc).
 
I try to not to heap on piles of food when I do eat.  I start with small servings.  Then if I’m hungry still I wait until I really want seconds.  I have a couple pieces of chocolate as a dessert (like 5 chocolate covered almonds).

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsCreeToBe:  Who doesn’t calorie count? How do you stay healthy and fit? I want to be able to enjoy foods and drinks and not stress over every mouthful for the rest of my life. How do you do that without being chubby? Is it even possible?

I do not count calories and I never have!  I think calorie counting is misleading – because you can eat fifteen 100 calorie packs of brownies and met your quota right there.  But it’s all crap calories! 

 

 

 

Instead, I try to limit processed foods and try to eat from scratch a lot.  Lots of veggies, fruits, good healthy fats (avacados, olives, oils), lean meats seafood, pasta/rice/potatoes in limited quantities.  I LOOOOVE curries – like coconut curries made with hot curry powder or curry pastes.  So easy and you can mix and match veggies.

 

 

 

I am also pretty active.  I skied on both Saturday and Sunday.  The weather has been warm this week down in the valley, so I ran 2 days in a row and then I just biked.  Just about 30 minutes for now.  I do Zumba now and then, but if it’s nice out I’m doing something outside instead.  I also do weights and body weight exercises in my basement (pushups, squats, burpees, lunges with weights, etc).

 

 

 

I try to not to heap on piles of food when I do eat.  I start with small servings.  Then if I’m hungry still I wait until I really want seconds.  I have a couple pieces of chocolate as a dessert (like 5 chocolate covered almonds).

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MrsCreeToBe:  I think the biggest thing is to get/be educated with nutrition in common foods.  I don’t calorie count, but I have a pretty good idea of how much fat, sugar, and calories are in most things (especially snacks….full meals are a little more challenging).  I make it my personal goal to pretty much healthy snacks all day and then have an actual meal at dinner (otherwise I’m hungry all night).  So, during the day most snacks are cottage cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit, maybe a lean pocket or rice/beans lean cuisine every now and then, small serving of good pasta with olive oil, pickles, and I love the Bolthouse or Naked fruit/veggie natural drinks. I probably eat every 1.5-2 hours during the day.  Work out 35-45 mins. 3-5 times per week.  Also, never deprive or don’t allow myself something b/c I find then I just constantly think of it and when my <low> willpower goes, then I over do it. 

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