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TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
6/21/13 3:09 P

I have!

The concepts I use are from Eating For Life...the idea being that you have one portion of lean protein and one portion of carbs 5 or 6 times per day.

Then, when I got curious, I counted the calories and found it was a sane, balanced way to eat.

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6/21/13 2:47 P

I did this. I sort of just decided at the outset that I'd been eating too much at meals (in addition to far too much snacking and junk food) and decided to cut back. I settled on a few pretty arbitrary rules for myself regarding how much I should be serving myself (similar to your weigh/measure in effect but less formal) and how I should handle snacks, and just went from there. It turned out I was losing close to 2 pounds a week by doing that, so I called it good and left it alone thereafter. I only checked calories a couple of times along the way to make sure what I was doing was actually reasonable.

I am having a little bit of trouble right now in figuring out how much I need to eat for maintenance -- overall I'm still losing a pound a week for the last five weeks (though technically I only hit goal three weeks ago). I think getting it right might be a little easier if I were counting calories and had a more sure target to aim for, instead of constantly having to guess. But it's somethign that I expect will work itself out.

I certainly don't want to ever track or count calories; I think it would be poison for my particular mindset.

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6/21/13 11:16 A

I tracked for awhile just recently because I fell into a trap about a year ago where I was on the flip side and ate barely enough but worked out a TON. Now that I'm much more educated about my workouts and what my body needs for them, I tracked to make sure I had enough fuel for it!

I don't track as much anymore, but I definitely still keep a mental tally in my head each day of how many cals I've eaten. Granted, it isn't as 100% accurate as physically tracking, but I didn't really change my eating habits since I stopped tracking, so I know what my "typical" day of cals looks like now and where I need to eat more or stop lol

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6/21/13 10:23 A

I do weigh daily now. I did NOT when trying to actively lose. It would drive me crazy and depress me when trying to lose - if the scale did not say what I wanted or expected.

In maintenance, I can handle weighing everyday. If I have had more salt one day or been on vacation and eating more bites of dessert I KNOW the scale will be up. I just use that to motivate me to be more health conscious the next few days until the scale once again reads as it should. :)

This is the first time ever I have kept weight off for even a month. Before, I would do well on losing but almost the day after I achieved my goal the weight would start to creep back up. So this is new exciting territory for me.

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 6/21/2013 (10:26)
6/21/13 9:17 A

Thanks everyone for your replies! I think I left out some valuable information here. I've been calorie counting for 3+ years. I know my portion sizes by now. I eat so much home-cooked food that sparkpeople's calorie counter can be a real pain, too. I guess that's mostly why I've branched away. That and the book was really motivating so I figured it was worth a try. :) I still find myself adding up calories in my head. I wonder if I'll ever stop doing that!

I guess I'm a bit of an alternative thinker. I don't believe in things like "my plate" (or most things recommended by the government and doctors, some scientists)... but I really do appreciate the information! That little quiz was fun.

Chesapeake... you weigh yourself daily?

Happy day, guys!

6/21/13 8:31 A

I used to really despise counting calories. Now it's just become a habit. However, I know I will not count calories for the rest of my life because that would just drive me crazy! If you are familiar and have had practice with portion sizes, and can be mindful of and honest about what you're eating without seeing it in black and white, then try it out! You can always start counting later if not counting doesn't work for you.

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6/21/13 7:34 A

I am not currently counting calories either. But like previous poster, I counted long enough that I know portion sizes and what my meals looked like when I did count and what healthy snacks I could have in what amounts.

During the losing part of my journey I did not use a scale at home. I counted calories and got weighed once a month at Curves. Now at maintenance, I have a scale at home and weigh daily but do not count calories. I let the scale tell me when I need to cut back for a few days.

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6/20/13 10:54 P

Right now I am. I have been stuck in a rut for a long time, and counting calories was getting tedious and I was starting to hate it. I decided to start over and focus on being active and making healthy choices, while avoiding unhealthy snacks and grazing (the things that got me in trouble in t he first place.) My goal first is to maintain while getting back on track, then shift to adding more exercise, and then if I'm not amking progress, go back to calories.

It's worth a try, but I've been at the calorie counting thing for over a year now; I've got a pretty good idea of what is a serving. Portion control is the trick. Learning what a real portion is (no, that 12 ounce steak at Outback is NOT a reasonable serving size... it's FOUR!) by sight is the trick. If you learn to stick to a palm-sized portion of meat, for example, you're going to do fine. I also use the government food plate to compose my meals:

I know about what I can have at each meal and get enough to support my needs, while still losing weight. It seems to be working... I lost .4 lbs last week. ;)

Give it a try. If, after a few weeks, it doesn't seem to be helping, you may have to go back to calorie-counting!

Here's a good place to start learning portion sizes:

First test your knowledge to see how well you know your portions:

Then come here to learn what portions SHOULD be!

6/20/13 10:18 P

Hi all! Is anyone else on a "lifestyle change" that doesn't involve counting calories? I'm currently on the diet recommended by the book "Why Can't I Stop Eating" by Debbie Danowski. I still weigh/measure my food but I don't concentrate on the calories involved. Therefore, my food intake ranges from 1200-1800 calories based on what I ate that day (I still counted calories for the first 9 days - just to make sure).

I would love to meet others doing something similar!

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