Wednesday, January 25, 2012
When I first actively started using SparkPeople again (a little over a week ago), I wasn't really interested in tracking my food/calories. I thought I was monitoring what I ate well enough on my own. I've tracked my foods before and never really stuck to it. A lot of what I eat is homemade and I told myself that trying to track the calories would be "too inconvenient".
I started actively tracking my food starting Monday morning, and although it's only been a short amount of time, I feel like its made such an impact so far. When I'm preparing my food I find myself much more conscious of serving sizes and how much oil/fat I use when I'm cooking (I never really used to measure). It's eye-opening to really see how many calories you're taking in at each meal/snack. Without tracking, I'd probably never realize when I was over/under where my caloric intake should be. I love being able to see the balance of protein/carbohydrates/fat from my overall reports and I can keep an eye on what categories seem low/high, which really helps with planning the next meal.
If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to go for it!