Counting Calories: When to Draw the Line

By reading the title above, you may have already had a slight pain in your stomach. Counting calories has been something that many of us fight with doing. It can be quite annoying to have to watch everything that you take in. By knowing the exact amount of calories you are taking in, you can really setup a great way to watch your meal plans and see how your body adjusts to those changes. The people that will most want to track their calories will be professional bodybuilders. If your job and income depends on how well you look, tracking everything down to the last calorie can be something that could be a necessity. For most of us, we aren’t going to try to win any Mr. Olympias, we can still track them but to a lesser extent. You can usually take a rounded approach to what you eat and end up being well within the boundaries that you need to be in. If you want to track down every single calorie that you eat, that is great! However, most people are just not going to want to put in that much work and math (myself included). There are some great ways that you can do this in the modern era that we live in, which makes it easier than the old school way of doing it, but I just can’t find it any more fun. The idea, as a whole, just does not appeal to me.

Maybe if I was looking to change it up and really focus on how I looked, I would track everything. However, I can figure out that the can of tuna that I could eat is going to be better for my end game than a big container of ice cream. It is just way too easy to become obsessed and go overboard with counting calories, but this all depends on the person. I am someone who has more of an addictive personality, so by tracking everything, it becomes an obsession that takes up way too much of my time. Most of us lead busy lives and adding the need to add up everything that we eat and drink (have to track that too) can really eat up a huge chunk of time. One other thing that can go wrong when you are tracking what eat, based on calorie amounts alone, can lead to you making some blunders. For example, you will want to also think about the density of what you are ingesting. It is easy to find foods high in calories that will have you feeling hungry within an hour. By doing this, you are going to have meals that are spread to far apart to keep you feeling full.

If you are not feeling full, you will more likely than not, feel the need to have a snack. If you keep doing this and weeks and months go by, that one small snack can start to add up! If you are eating calorie dense foods, you will feel full for longer, which can make changing up what you eat so much easier! To sum it up, it is highly encouraged that you watch what you eat. That being said, there are instances where this can be become an obsession, one that you probably don’t want to go through. Ever since we were children, we have been told what foods are good and bad for you. Sure, some foods might fall in the middle of those two extremes, but we already have a pretty good built in sense for what help us and what will hinder us.

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