Hungry Runner

BuiltLean.com Q&A: Should I track calories everyday?

Answer: Tracking your calories for a few days can provide really useful information about your current calorie and macronutrient intake, and help you make small changes to your current habits so you could start to see results from your workout program. If you’re a habitual eater, then tracking for a few days might be all you need to make a few tweaks to your current nutrition routine. You can use the information you get from tracking your calories to create a meal plan for yourself– choosing 3 options for breakfast, 3 for lunch, 3 for dinner, and a few snack options as well. Tracking your calories everyday is a great way to keep yourself motivated and aware about your nutrition, but isn’t necessary for everyone. It depends on what you prefer, if you’re getting the results you want from your exercise program, and if you have a lot of variety in your meals on a day-to-day basis. I think that the more variety you have in your daily nutrition, the more beneficial it would be for you to track your calories every day, just to be sure you’re hitting your macronutrient and calorie goals. - Kristin Rooke

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Every day I meet people who feel shame or are chastised by well-meaning family and friends for what they eat.

On my last birthday, a number of Facebook greetings included the comment, “Go ahead and cheat — it’s your birthday.”

I know what these well wishers meant, but this sentiment has no meaning for me. A cheater is a person who behaves dishonestly. Enjoying a piece of cake or a scoop of ice cream is not a character statement. I can eat anything I want without being a devious person.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should add that I sometimes feel like I have shortchanged myself in terms of food, but those are the days when I “chose” not to eat enough vegetables. This doesn’t make me a bad person, just not as green as I would like to be.

Every day I meet people who feel shame or are chastised by well-meaning family and friends for what they eat. This compounds the negative feelings of “cheating” on a diet. It is time for a shift in language and attitude. A first step is to change “cheat” to “choose.”

You can be a “chooser” no matter what type of food path you follow. A vegetarian seduced by stone crabs or a paleo following the scent of fresh-baked bread might choose to eat something off their usual menu. This is a choice without a value judgment. Dieters who are following strict and unrealistic guidelines might be choosing foods they normally wouldn’t because they are hungry and feel deprived.

There are tools to help you become a chooser instead of thinking of yourself as a cheater. Linda Bacon, author of Health at Every Size (BenBella Books, 2010), suggests eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety and appetite. Her website supports this philosophy with concrete steps and resources to stop fighting with food.

Food is nourishment and pleasure, weight is a number, and neither defines your worth as a person.

By Sheah Rarback via Fooducate.com

It’s not even 7AM yet here in Boulder but I guarantee you this will be the best thing I read all day.

"Weight is powerfully influenced, but not directly determined, by our behavioral choices. Some people, making all the right choices, will be heavier than others making the same — or even less good —choices. And people making good lifestyle choices, including routine exercise, are apt to be fit even if they remain somewhat fat, and will be far better off than those who are either fat or thin, but unfit."

Weight is Not a Choice - Huffington Post Healthy Living, David Katz, M.D.

Duh.

Duh.

Pret knows what they are talking about.
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Pret knows what they are talking about.

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