Counting calories has not been easy for me to accomplish. For the first time since starting my new lifestyle in 2005, I am finally keeping an actual food journal and I count calories by plugging in everything I eat during the day at The Daily Plate. They offer a free way to count calories and also have a Gold paid version available.
The first time I tried tracking calories back in July 2007 was so frustrating to me to have to keep reading nutritional labels if the product wasn’t listed on one of the calorie counting websites. I would have to keep running back and forth to the kitchen to get the product which was a pain but I have been successfully keeping up with it since January 16th, 2008 thanks to The Daily Plate.
I really never wanted to count calories but after talking to a nutritionist who recommended The Daily Plate, I gave it the good old college try and it’s working. I find myself checking my food journal to see how many calories I have left for the day and I’m able to then decide if I really want to eat that extra after dinner snack.
You must count everything you eat though, even down to the tiny piece of Trident gum you popped into your mouth, or it won’t work. It’s very important that you don’t cheat because you are then only cheating yourself.
Do you count calories? I would like to hear how you feel about it and what system you use.