I was somewhat in jest! Hard to convey mock horror over the ether!
Seeking the natural way in a modern world ...
I can lose weight that way, but I do better if I am more conscious of what I am eating. I don't 'count calories' as in, if I am hungry I eat, even if I am over my weight loss calorie range for the day. Sparkpeople (which bases your activity level as sedentary) says I should eat 1220-1570 calories a day to lose 1 pound per week. That is too little for me. Livestrong says I should eat 1590 to start because of my lifestyle quotient. Then it gives me more calories if I track fitness, sometimes up to 2500!
So, if I am trying to stay below 1800 calories, which is where I like to be for weight loss, and I have already consumed 1850, but I am truly HUNGRY. I will eat and not worry about it.
I think of this as calorie restricting, but not the classic obsessive calorie counting that some people balk at. Yes, calorie counting, as in refusing to eat roe because you hit a magic number can be harmful. But, being aware of where you are and where you need to be is different. I consider it tracking/restricting, but not obsessing.
I can lose weight by only eating when I am hungry and stopping when I am full, and I do this for the most part. But, there are times when I need to take a closer look at what is going into my body because I hit a stall or maybe go up a pound or two over the course of a few weeks (not normal fluctuations, but actually gains over my baseline 'acceptable' weight).
Right now my focus is on decreasing my body fat percentage, so I do need to pay attention and even create a calorie deficit (i.e restrict consumption or increase output). If I want to maintain, I can take a laid back approach and never track or count or restrict. I can even eat well over the normal maintenance calorie level, I mean +500 calories a day, which should in theory lead to weight gain, but as long as my foods are primal it doesn't.
i use livestrong.org (my plate). . .
Watch your step there, I just drooled.
Carrie, I have never had that issue with Sparkpeople ever. How do they do that? I mean, do you get a popup. or an email or what?
Calm the f**k down.