I have to agree. The only time I lost weight and kept it off for some time was when I counted calories (or in my case points). It IS obsessive, but in time, it becomes second nature. I can't quote to any particular studies off the top of my head, but many studies have shown that counting is the way to go for weight loss.
For me, I know I just don't have the self control to just do the portions. I agree with you about being within the calories but them not being all that well balanced. For me personally, I look at it as, if while I'm counting calories I can't balance, how could I expect myself to do it on another plan? That being said, I know it does work for some people.
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Although I am always aware of the calories in the food that I eat, I don't count calories per say. I follow portion size. When I started my journey two and a half years ago one of my major problems was eating portions that were way too large. I have found that I have been very successful eating balanced meals that are smaller with small snacks between meals. Eating the way I do takes so much pressure off and I am never hungry for long. No diet here just lifestyle changes. Lorraine
I do both. It is simply too easy to go over the limit especially since a lot of stuff that looks harmless is loaded with calories. Add to that the fact that we are petite women requiring less calories and more vigilance and suddenly, "obsessive" makes a lot of sense...
I'm torn between simply eating small portions and counting calories. I hate to think about the calories in everything I eat (b/c I don't want it to get obsessive) but I know it is very effective. Has anyone just eaten small portions instead? Has that worked for you? I read this great book called the Portion Teller which talks about how to eat so many servings from each food group instead of counting calories. What I like about it is that I make sure to get in at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 of vegetables. Her thinking is more a well balanced diet with a treat here or there worked in. What do you think?? For me, sometimes I can eat 1,200 calories but they are not always the most well balanced. What has worked for you??
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