Lately, I’ve been having the hardest time tracking my calories. December 9th was the last time I tracked my caloric intake in its entirety. I can’t seem to figure out why, though. One day, I just…stopped. Since lapsing in my tracking, I’ve tried to continue to practice good habits but I’ve found that I care less about what and how much I eat. I’ve not gone overboard or anything, but the lack of care is there. I don;t know why I’m having this issue. Maybe tracking is just tiresome now, especially when I eat pretty much the same darn thing every day.
Studies have shown that food tracking helps you lose weight because it helps keep you accountable and aware of everything you’re putting into your mouth. Over the course of 6 months, people who tracked their calories lost, on average, 13 pounds. I know that when I track my calories, I’m a whole lot more aware of how many calories I’m taking in (who knew that Venti Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks had 310 calories and 56g of sugar?!) and tend to make better decisions in the future, like ordering items with sugar free sweeteners, ordering vegetables instead of french fries and having water with lemon with my meals as opposed to soda.
I’ve tried to follow the general tips for tracking – tracking as I go, measuring all the food I track, trying different methods until I found the tracking method that works for me (I tried books, different apps etc. until I settled on LoseIt), keeping track of all my days, even the cheat days and, cooking at home rather than eating out, since we all know that eating out costs more calories (and money) than cooking at home does – but I still have trouble. I’m thinking if I add more variety to my meals that tracking will become interesting again. Maybe it’s the interest in finding out how many calories are in different foods. Maybe it’s finding out that food that I thought was good for me was actually bad and vice versa. Who knows.
Starting January 1st, I’ll pick back up on my tracking, but I still need to figure out what I need to do to make this less tedious.