Let’s do the calorie count agaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!
Rocky Horror Picture Show? Anyone?
Ok, it’s a stretch.
Yesterday I took pictures of everything I ate. I haven’t done that it a while (and I hope it doesn’t bore you), but I decided to tally my eats up from yesterday just check in and see how I’m doing.
Emily at the Daily Garnish wrote a great post on the bad reputation calorie counting has gotten recently. I was actually working on a similar post when I read hers, and our outlooks were so similar, that I decided to forego writing a whole post on it. However, here’s the summary of my thoughts:
- It seems like people try to brag that they don’t count calories
- Calorie counting actually is a fantastic way to build awareness about the foods you choose to put in your body and your overall health
- If you want to lose weight, knowing how many calories you should eat and adhering to your limit is a guaranteed way to lose weight
I will say that becoming obsessive about calorie counting is unhealthy (mentally), but there is nothing wrong with keeping track of calories, dietary exchanges, points or whatever method you use to track your weight.
Typical breakfast lately… whole wheat toast, 1 egg, topped with hot sauce (mmm!). To drink, soda water with a few splashes of POM Wonderful juice.
Total Breakfast Calories: 217
Mid-morning snack was brought to me compliments of Uncle Kerry, who visited us last night from California. The orange was picked from the tree in his back yard (& it was DeeeeeLish!) and the dark chocolate came from the emergency kit he gave 😉 He said that every nutritionist should have a little emergency chocolate!
Snack Calorie Total: 192
Lunch consisted of 2 bowls of leftover vegetable soup. It doesn’t look very soupy because most of the broth ended up in my first bowl 🙂 In the mix… vegetable stock, carrots, sweet potato, onions, tomatoes, black eyed peas and collards. An odd, but tasty, mix. I threw in a Chobani yogurt for a little protein.
Total Lunch Calories: 327
I was snacky again by the afternoon and munched on leftover Christmas crackers and hummus. mmm…
Total Snack Calories: 190
I had good intentions of making it to the store to pick up something for dinner, but I didn’t finish working until 6:30 and I was hungry. Not the best planning ahead, but oh well. Hubbs and I decided to try out the new pizza place in town… The Salty Caper.
I ordered the veggie pizza, which came topped with a pile of spinach. Nothing like getting your salad and pizza in one meal 😉
The pizza was super thin crust and tasty! I ate 3 slices at the restaurant… and one more once we got home!
Total (somewhat estimated) Dinner Calories: 480
This brings my grand total intake for the day:
1407 calories, 195 g carbs, 44 g fat, 61 g protein.
My analysis? OK… A little high in fat and a little low in protein. Also, slightly low in total number of calories (although the pizza was an estimate so who knows?)
Knowing that my resting metabolic rate is 1570, and the fact that I got a 4 mile walk in yesterday, I should be eating closer to 1800-2000 for weight maintenance.
But overall, interesting stuff! (to me at least…) 😉 And information I wouldn’t know if I wasn’t counting calories.
So what is your thought on calorie counting?
Personally, I don’t count calories EVERY day, but I do think it’s good to check in every once in a while and see how I’m doing with meeting my body’s needs.