When someone says ‘calorie counting’ people almost always conjure up negative images of poor health, being over weight or even, unfortunately, being under-weight. But really, a little calorie counting or just a basic knowledge of them can really help your overall wellbeing, weight and health, in my opinion. I use MyFitnessPal on my iPhone to give me little help but I’ve also had my macronutrients worked out by my super clever boyfriend! Macros aren’t hard to work out though, all you need to do is go to IIFYM.com and pop some easy details into the calculator to see how much you should be eating in terms of protein, carbs and fats to maintain, lose or gain weight. It’s really a lot easier than it seems.
Because I count my macros, not just my calories, I find that I can fit a lot more things that people would think are ‘bad’ into my diet. For example, I have a biscuit or a little chocolate everyday after my dinner with a cup of tea and it fits into my daily calorie count. When I’m on it – I’m on it. But when I don’t start using MyFitnessPal at the beginning of the day, I probably won’t use it at all that day and will probably not count calories or my macronutrients at all. But, this is totally OK. Some days, usually the weekends, I don’t count them at all, but 90% of the time I do in the week, meaning I know what I’m eating the majority of time.
I get enough protein, don’t overeat on carbs and fats and usually my weight doesn’t fluctuate too much unless I’ve been on holiday for a week but I still eat bread, chocolate, crisps, everything that’s nice. Legal & General wrote this interesting post all about calories that’s full of interesting facts check it out if you’re interested in finding out more about the dreaded ‘calorie’.