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1/25/09 10:10 A

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Personally, I think I will keep up calorie counting until I've maintained my goal weight for some time. Over the holidays I took a week off calorie counting and it was a mess! I'm an expert at making excuses so when I don't have my calorie count there to keep me honest I almost always overeat. That said, I think the ultimate goal of all this is figuring out what habits you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the easiest way possible for you. And if calorie counting makes it harder rather than easier, I would say try to phase it out. But if it makes easier, I don't see the problem with keeping it around.
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1/23/09 6:31 P

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I agree, it's a hard call. Maybe you could stop using it for a week when you reach goal, then you will be able to decide whether it's a good or bad idea?

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1/22/09 6:13 P

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It's a hard call. Statistically, people who track their food tend to keep their weight off better than those who don't, but I doubt they've used a plan like Shrink Yourself. I think each person has to decide if is making her more or less concerned with food and overeating. I haven't been tracking calories for awhile, but I'm not losing either. I'm going to give my way another month, then consider making a change.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 1/25/2009 (00:34)

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1/22/09 5:24 P

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For the past 9 months I have been using the nutritional tracker to log my daily intake. I know that philosophy goes against the Shrink Yourself 'eat when your hungry stop when your full' but I feel the guidelines keep my nutrition on track. I'm wondering as I wind down to 9 lbs. left to lose- do I need to keep up the tracker once I am at my planned goal weight? I don't want to get into any weird mind games of not 'trusting myself' with food but is there more to the tracker than just trust? Many of the articles I've read here on SP enocourage tracking your diet to stay healthy. What are others thoughts?

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