Friday Thursday y’all! Thank y’all so much for your support yesterday. It has been challenging reassessing my diet but I feel that I’m at a great crossroads. One thing I am debating is whether or not to track my food intake/calories every day.
For the past 68 days, I have been logging my calories into my My Fitness Pal account (CoffeeCakeCardio). The habit alone of logging my food intake every day has been very good but clearly it isn’t helping me to lose weight. Everyday I see people post about their weight loss on My Fitness Pal but sadly, I haven’t lost any weight over the past 2 months. Well, I’ve lost weight but I’ve also gained weight.
As I shared yesterday my weight loss is directly linked to the foods I am consuming, not necessarily the calories I am consuming. The foods I’ve been eating over the past few months are high in refined sugars and carbohydrates (bagels, bread, cereal, and the like), which in my opinion do not foster weight loss (for me). Have I eaten my fair share of healthy foods? You betcha, but the refined foods are not helping me to lose body fat, which is my goal!
On Monday I will be measuring myself for the first time since starting the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program (see my starting stats here), so I don’t want to discount the fact that I have been toning muscle and may have gained muscle weight. Still, I want to make sure I am fueling my body to ensure that I am losing body fat as I tone and build muscle.
So now the big question, do I track my food intake or not?
I know many people feel strongly about tracking but when I have been the most successful in my weight loss I have not tracked my intake. I merely stuck to my diet plan (CORE for example), ate based on how I was feeling, and stopped when I am satisfied. I feel that when I do not track my calories I am more focused on what my body needs (nutritionally) and how much my body needs (on a satisfaction scale).
I have yet to decide what I am going to do moving forward, but I think it would be best for me not to track. Sometimes my body needs more than 1400 calories and other times it may need less. I truly believe that if I’m eating the right foods and listening to my body I will lose weight again.