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counting calories is exhausting!

grrrrr . . .i'm really tired of counting calories!! unfortunately for me, it's the only way i can really stay on track diet-wise. i exercise consistantly, and rarely slack in that area, and overall i eat pretty well. i think my problem is just that i tend to eat just a little too much than i should every day (to lose more weight-i've been maintaining a 40 lb weight loss for 2 years). As long as i count calories and stay in a certain range, my weight will drop . . .but i'm just tired of that, you know????

not looking for any advice really, just wanted to whine a little (and hopefully some of you out there will agree that you are tired of "the work" too!!).

Tue. Aug 1, 12:36am

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Do you pay attention to eating only when you are hungry and stopping when you are full, rather than eating a certain amount of calories because you think you should? Otherwise, you CAN go crazy and get tired of counting calories. Use calories as a guideline, but listen to your body above all.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 8:46 AM

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When I started using software to track my calories, it became less of a chore, and I have been able to do it consistently for months, instead of just 2 weeks at a time.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 9:43 AM

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What software do you use to count calories?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 9:45 AM

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can you plan out your meals/snacks for a couple of weeks, take an hour and calculate your anticipated calories? it will help with food shopping, too , if you have all that you're going to eat planned out.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 9:46 AM

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Diet Power. I downloaded it online. I'll put the link below. There are also some free calorie-tracking websites.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 9:49 AM

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When I get sick of counting calories (which goes hand in hand with a plateau), I know I'm at risk of giving up. So I either go on something really restrictive where calories aren't counted or pick a plan with food lists that are absolutey yes/no, like Atkins, or even veganism.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 12:27 PM

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One caveat with using veganism as a "diet" - carbs still have calories, too, and you can end up using carbs as the main entree at any meal (pasta, rice and potatoes can become a fallback at any restaurant) and vegan ice creams, cookies and desserts are in abundance in most grocery stores these days. I gained almost 20 pounds within a year of becoming vegan (for non-dietary reasons).

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 12:32 PM

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I don't know if you are able to eat the same foods all the time. I find it helps me. I eat all of the same things each week and buy the same things everytime I shop. I know now how many calories are in everything I eat so I really don't have to count anymore! But then again, I am ok with eating a pretty boring variety of food!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 12:41 PM

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what is the relevance of your weight gain and it's association with becoming vegan if the weight gain was "for non-dietary reasons"?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 12:41 PM

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When I became vegan, (for moral reasons, not to lose or gain weight), I ended up eating a lot of carbs, and they are easy to overeat. They are not as satisfying as protein and they don't stay in your stomach as long.

Also, since I felt restricted from not being able to eat a lot of things, I would overeat dessert when a vegan option was available or feel like I needed to eat more.

When eating out, your choices are often limited to a salad or pasta. At breakfast, you may end up choosing a bagel with peanut butter because it's the only vegan option available. Those carb calories add up quickly. You have to make sure you balance the carbs with fruits, veggies and soy protein.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 2:10 PM

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