The truth about tracking-Tracking your calorie intake is an optional step that you may take when starting out on your nutritional journey once you have mastered the basics of nutrition, or as an advanced trainee who is already lean and looking to take their physique to the next level. Also, it can give us a more accurate account of our daily caloric intake and macronutrient/micronutrient profile and for some people takes out the guesswork in relation to how much/or what we should be eating.
Obsessing over numbers-However, if you have previously had an eating disorder or often obsess over the way you look then tracking can often heighten the problem leaving you stressing over numbers and adding to neurotic thoughts and behaviours linked to your body.
Long term results are key-If you already have a healthy relationship with food and have the patience to weigh and track your intake using an app and get enjoyment and value from it, then why not go for it and for some of the numbers geeks out there it can be fun. But If you’re not ready then it may be as simple as implementing a few changes such as eating better, working on your nighttime routine, taking more steps daily or consuming more water. Just remember to be vitally honest with yourself and others in the process and continue to practice diet adherence so you can implement these changes long into the future.
Check out my podcast episode on ‘The importance of tracking”.
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