(Closed) does calorie counting work?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Sort-of. I use the LoseIt app to track food/calories. In general I try to avoid processed/unhealthy things and use the app as a guide to see “how much” i have left to eat. I think knowing how many calories are in different things is really good to know. You can really get a different perspective about food when you compare something like… 1 oreo to 2 cups of strawberries. Sometimes it can help pick better choices. But I’m also not *that strict* about it. If I want a cookie, I’ll eat it. But not 10 cookies. 1. If i’m still hungry at the end of the day and I’ve gone over my calories… I’ll still have a snack – I’ll just be more careful about what that snack is. I lost 20lbs and have maintained it for 2 years this way. If I don’t track in some way, I gain weight. 

Post # 19
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think counting calories works for everyone- I think we all have at least one friend who is rail thin, never excercises, and eats like 3000 calories a day w out gaining a pound. Genes have a huge role to play. 

Post # 20
5362 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would definitely say counting macros is more important than calories.

Post # 21
798 posts
Busy bee

View original reply
giley:  Don’t beat yourself up! I was able to make the switch by doing things gradually. I think first we started shopping at whole foods and buying more produce and less pre-packaged stuff. We didn’t throw anything away that we already had, we just used it and didn’t buy it again. We made meal plans and stopped eating out as much. Cutting out white sugar was huge too. We tried a couple years ago to go cold turkey and quit processed foods completely and it didn’t work for us, but this time doing it gradually has been great – I don’t feel deprived at all. We also still eat out occasionally, and I don’t stress about what I’m eating when I’m out.

Post # 22
1311 posts
Bumble bee

Calorie counting has worked for me! I lost 50 lbs overall and 30 lbs in about 3 months. I don’t even exercise besides the occasional walk. I still have a cheat meal on the weekends (when we go out to eat) and eat chocolate every night.

Post # 23
644 posts
Busy bee

I calorie count as i lost heart with the slimming club i was with. At first i was starving eating 1200 and couldn’t stick to it at all Fiance is a personal trainer and was sure i was under eating too much so bought me a fit bit. Well even in a 1000 calorie deficit i should eat about 1800 and the only exercise i do is walk the dog. I think a lot of people cut their calories too much as they dont realise how much they burn and then are so starving they crack and eat everything. I do think eating clean is a better way to loose weight though. Cutting out the crap! I cook everyhing from scratch.

Post # 24
2428 posts
Buzzing bee

I weighed 260 in April 2013.

I began eating LOTS of veggies, a handful of nuts, 2 cups of low carb fruit and an omelet of one whole egg and 5-6 egg whites or chicken brest or fish every day. 

I dance or walk or

I’ve lost 85 pounds. Want to lose about 20 more.

Post # 25
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

View original reply
giley:  I know this post is old but I would like to add that I counted calories for a month. Within that month I ate 1200 calories a day. I ate whatever I wanted as long as it was in my calories range of the day. Some days I had chocolate, pizza, ice cream, ect. Some days I had salad and grilled chicken. I kept it within my calorie range, never worked out as I didn’t ever have time with school, and still managed too lose 8lbs in a month. So it doesn’t always have to be healthy calories or making sure your carbs are balance. You might would lose even more weight if you did count only good calories. I don’t know but I know counting calories worked for me!

The topic ‘does calorie counting work?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors