Yes, it is, when you are first starting out, both because it's tedious, and because you realize that most people normally eat huge portions, and having to cut them down significantly is a mental battle. That being said, I promise it does get easier, on both counts. The more you track, the more foods you will have saved in your favorites. Now it takes almost no time at all to track things, even when I have to add in new foods. I weigh and measure everything, and it is a rare day that I don't track. For example, I didn't track yesterday because I had a family reunion scheduled, and I just wanted to enjoy the time without worrying about calories.
And that brings me to the portion size issue. I used to eat SO much at one time to get "full." At that cookout, I had half of a piece of chicken (which my dad had already cut in half before grilling), and about 2 cups of salad with just enough dressing to cover my fork before I mixed it around my salad. I was ridiculously full after that and had to wait a couple hours before I could try my dad's girlfriend's homemade chocolate putting that she really wanted me to try, and I had a very reasonable portion of that, nothing at all like I would have had months ago. For breakfast, I had only eaten a mandarin orange and about half of a serving of cereal with a little bit of milk, plus my usual coffee. I had a Greek yogurt with homemade granola at about 5, and my boyfriend and I went to Pizza Hut later in the evening for dinner. Now, I used to be able to eat half a pizza, no problem; I was enormously full after a couple breadsticks and just ONE piece of pizza.
So basically, the more you track and become aware of your portion sizes, the more your body will become used to those smaller portion sizes, and you will no longer need large amounts of food to satisfy your hunger. Even though I didn't track yesterday, I'm certain I was still within my calorie range; I've tracked all of those foods before and know about where they stand on the nutrition scale. My sodium was probably fairly high, although even that may have been okay; the biggest culprit would be the pizza, of course, because it was from a restaurant. I definitely could have eaten more freggies, and I do eat significantly more than 3 servings on most days. But still, compared to the days before when I didn't track, I'm definitely making progress. And that's important to me, because even though tracking isn't as big a deal for me, I don't plan on tracking for the rest of my life, other than every so often while in maintenance to make sure I'm still doing well.
You CAN do this; it just takes time for your mind and body to adjust. Make sure you're getting fiber-rich foods, as those will help with your hunger levels. So will protein and healthy fats.
"Know your limitations. Then defy them."
May - 6
June - 12
July - 11
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September - 1 so far
| current weight: 170.2