What I discovered wasn’t necessarily related to the types of foods I ate or how often I ate them… this calorie-counting app was staring me in the face, telling me that I would be allotted more calories if I went for a jog. I don’t want to go for a damn jog.
It’s so easy to become obsessed with calorie counting as they start off by giving you a false sense of control.
At first you may feel like you’re gaining control over your health but it soon turns around to control your living as they constrain you in this numerical calorie “limit”.
You feel defeated when you go over your allocated threshold;
By definition, calorie is “the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C”
Your body can only function if you feed them enough calories to run the numerous metabolic processes required for everyday activity.
Calorie-counting will most often tie you down to an inadequate calorie limit for your body to function optimally.
Moreover, what about your intuitive eating skills?
If you have an app or a book or whatever tool telling you “to eat this much (and only this much)”, would you be able to mindfully tune in to your hunger and fullness cues?
Eating is a whole mind and body experience.
We can be physically full but psychologically hungry.
We can be physically hungry but mentally full.
Your energy requirement will change from day to day and your body has the ability to tell you how much food it needs even without using external quantification tools.