Hi there, I know for me, it takes both. I don't always put everything into my nutritional tracker because I've gotten accustomed to what certain things I'll eat for a meal i.e., 1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal + 1/2 cup skim milk + 1 tbsp of raisins. I measure but may not always enter into tracker. I also find that times of a plateau, I change things up to get things going and during those times I will be committed to entering my foods into the tracker. So, in other words, not so much an either or...I do both.
I also try to stay within the 1200 to 1500 range usually I have 3 meals with two or three snack in between. I find I'm pretty hungry every two to three hours. A snack can be a protein shake or a piece of fruit...just depends on what my day (activities) are like and how much running around with the kids (time) I make. I don't usually hit 1200...I may be a bit more but it is all working and during times of plateau, I may include a cheat weekend where I have more calories or I may go down in calories or switch up my exercise. Spin class really helped me when I plateau. And, everyone's body is a bit different. So experiment and see what will work for you.
Hope this helps! The important thing is to make it a life long change...the health benefits can't be weighed AND are amazing!
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