Counting Calories, No More
I am done and totally fed up with counting calories . I use to be pretty dedicated to MyfitnessPal and counting calories religiously but it was totally stressing me out. I know that calorie counting works for many people but I have a ton of anxiety issues and counting calories I feel triggers my anxiety which causes me some undo stress. Now we all know that stress can hinder weight loss.
You are probably thinking this lady is crazy she is getting stressed out about counting calories but its true I actually have an anxiety disorder and all kinds of minor things to some can totally throw me off my game. So the constant stress of remembering to count my calories when I am out or meticulously weighing every single ounce of food gives me extreme anxiety. I think about all kinds of things from thoughts about if the measurements are actually right or accuracy of the nutritional facts on the packaging. At that point my thoughts just kinda spiral out of control and I end up spending more time stressed than actually eating.
Through all of my research I discovered a number of things that have helped me make the decision to leave counting calories in the past.
Did You Know
- The FDA allows manufacturers and packagers a surprisingly wide margin of error–the information can be off by 20% in either direction and still be in compliance. Nutrition Over Easy
- Obesity researcher Zoe Harcombe reported that despite the UK National Food Survey confirming that we ended the last century eating 25 per cent fewer calories than in the Seventies, the obesity rate has increased six-fold since then. MailOnline
- Contrary to what your Momma, track coach or even Doctor led you to believe, all calories are NOT created equal, and thinking you’ll lose weight simply by counting them or cutting them will likely leave you hungry, irritable, malnourished and not much lighter than you were when you started. Dr. Frank Lipman
Once I discovered that the nutrition facts that I was meticulously living by may not even be right my level of stress just went up. I had invested so much time in trying to get it all right and the FDA doesn’t even make companies get it totally right. I know that a lot of people say that calorie counting makes them stay aware of what they are eating but for me I know what i am eating and I also know what is good for me and what isn’t.
I think the most important thing for me to reach my goal is to understand what made me gain weight in the first place. So I evaluated what my triggers were when it came to gaining weight. Here is what I have come up with as my major issues.
1. School Schedule- nursing school keeps me going non stop and with that I sometimes make the fast choice instead of the healthy choice. So eating this way is out of pure convenience.
2. Stress- most people know that stress can hinder weight loss. I know that for me stress doesn’t make me eat more it just makes losing the weight harder. I tend to stress about everything and on top of that my anxiety medication can sometimes make losing weight a nightmare. I am happy however to report that I have not had to use any meds since the beginning of the year.
3. Lack of Sleep- I am a night owl but I take it to the extreme because of my anxiety I also suffer from insomnia that keeps me up for the most part every single night til the next day. As I am writing this very post it is 4am in the morning. I find myself staying up till 10-11am the next day sleeping around 2-3 hours a day. The longer you stay up the less time your body has to recover and also the more time you have to graze. I have been good about not snacking in the middle of the night but the lack of sleep isn’t doing me any favors.
As you can see my main problems are not really about the counting of calories and knowing what food is good for me and what food isn’t. My current lifestyle is the problem from cramming for school, stressing about school and everything else, to all the sleepless nights.
Although I won’t be counting calories I will be watching what I eat. I do know what is good for me and what isn’t and I understand portion control but I won’t be focusing on the calories like I was before. I actually feel like a weight has been lifted off of me and I feel free from the constraints of tracking every little morsel of food.
This video from the New York Times is worth a watch its only 5mins but they actually find out how many calories are in a number of foods vs what it is said on the label and its pretty enlightening.
Do you count calories or have you ever? Is it something that you think is sustainable for the long term?
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