Alright. It’s been 154 days since I’ve had sugar, alcohol, gluten, legumes, dairy and a whole plethora of other foods/drinks.
But, that’s not the focus of this post. Instead, I want to talk about something else that I haven’t done for the past 154 days. Something that I’d like to never do again, ever.
…I haven’t thought about calories. I know, this is a ludicrous concept for anyone who has ever been on a diet. I used to stare at calorie counts on packages, adding them into my daily total, subtracting the calories burned on the treadmill from my daily count to make sure I didn’t dip below 1200 but also didn’t go above 1400. I even carried an index card around with me in my wallet to have something to record calories any time I needed it (before I got a smartphone with my future best friend, MyFitnessPal).
But I broke up with calories on February 1st. Since, I haven’t looked at the calorie count on a single package. I couldn’t even estimate the number of calories I consume each day. I have no clue. I just learned today that my bulletproof coffee probably has circa 450 calories in it – I didn’t even flinch.
And yet, I just went down another pant size yesterday. My brain cannot possibly compute. How is it that I’ve not thought about calories and yet I’m not packing on the pounds, let alone losing weight?!?!?!?!
To be fair, I’m not totally in the dark in terms of the foods I’m eating. At the beginning of this journey, I had to keep very detailed food journals and hit my targets for different macros (protein, fats, carbs). But, since my last appointment, I haven’t recorded anything. I learned what a proper serving size looked like, and stuck with it. I continued to eat when I was hungry, and stop when I was full. I learned that all calories are certainly not created equal. And I continued to eat real food – all the fresh vegetables, high quality meats and fish (in small amounts), tons of healthy fats, nuts, seeds, etc.
I’ve converted to the dark side. Its so much better here. Breaking up with calorie counting was very difficult, but I made it through. Now, I cringe every time I read an article/blog post/tweet referencing daily calorie counts or the writer feeling down on a given day because too many calories were consumed. I’ve been there, it sucks.
So, from one calorie counter to another – Maybe just try breaking up with calories. Maybe for just a week. Whole, real foods. Eat when you’re hungry; stop eating when you’re satisfied. Let me know how it goes – I’m cheering for you.
Have you given up calorie counting? If not, would you ever consider it?
I am not a dietitian, nor qualified to recommend any diet. I’m simply sharing my experience!
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