Why I Started Calorie Tracking

So my knees started acting up sometime last year and I ended up going to see a chiropractor who referred me for physiotherapy. This problem I have with my knee has somehow gotten worse and though I haven't been to the gym for other health reasons (I'm sick all the time), I found a way to keep my weight in check - calorie tracking! I've been calorie tracking for about 4 months now using an app called MyFitnessPal and I must say that it has helped me keep my weight in check. My goal or should I say maximum intake is 1200 calories a day. I have managed to maintain a healthy weight that I am happy with while pursuing my fitness goals. The MyFitnessPal app is great. It's easy to use and gives you recipes and training tips and the best part is you can get this all on the free version which you can download from the Playstore. I recently upgraded from the free version for a small price so now I can see the number of carbs, protein and fat I am consuming with each meal. The app also shows you the nutrients you have consumed for the day and which of them you've consumed in excess ( I always eat way too many carbs.) I love eating junk; if it's not healthy and it's greasy; I'm all over it! It is CRAZY the amount of calories junk food contains without even keeping you full for all that long so it is very easy to end up overeating when you can try healthier alternatives that can be not only lower in calories but also keeps your body feeling good, provides you with vital vitamins and minerals and also help regulate your bowels lol. I have tried intermittent fasting (I did the 16:8 method). It worked for me at first until for some reason my appetite became unbearable. I would wake up in the morning hungry as hell and I was supposed to be skipping breakfast, it became such a challenge not to eat before 12 pm when I had been doing that naturally all my life because I'm not really a breakfast person anyway. Calorie tracking is just easier for me because I get to eat what I want; when I want and I don't feel hungry. My daily calorie goal of 1200 a day is so easy for me to exceed when I start binge eating and it's bad. There have been days when I ate more than double my daily calorie intake recommendation and it made me feel just awful. The only time that actually happens, is on the days where I consume things like alcohol, burgers and pizza. 1 meal from KFC or Mc Donalds and that's it for the day! Crazy right? One thing calorie tracking has taught me though is discipline. I am now able to control my cravings and say no to unnecessary amounts of junk food. Eating healthy seems to keep me fuller for longer anyway. I have noticed that eating a nice home-cooked meal keeps me fuller than eating whatever meal I'd be buying form KFC. This is the longest I have ever stuck to any kind of routine. It doesn't even feel like a chore anymore when I input the food I'm consuming daily into the app on my phone. It's become second nature. Did you know how healthy tea and coffee are? They have practically 0 calories! The problem comes when you add sugar and all that and sugar is my weakness. I cannot drink tea or coffee without sugar. Thankfully I have stopped drinking 6 cups of coffee a day. These days I can barely even stomach 1. Have you ever tried calorie tracking? How did it go for you? Let me know in the comments.

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