Most of the recipes posted here are from Cooking Light or the Weight Watchers website and book, so it should come as no surprise that I try to watch what I eat. Weight Watchers and I have a long history and I really do think it’s the most sustainable of the
diets lifestyle plans out there.
For me, tracking points is much easier than counting calories. I’ve been “doing” the program so long that I pretty much know what points are in the foods I eat. And because I have so many work functions that involve food, eye balling it just comes naturally; if it doesn’t, there’s always a handy dandy app where I can quickly look something up. There’s a scanner app for grocery shopping, too! The recipes I’ve tried are super flavorful, as well, and I’ve only had a couple of duds.
With all that said, my trainer and I have been talking about my plateau lately and she gave me target calories to shoot for. Because WW doesn’t work off of calories, I was hesitant to try her suggestion until one day I just got curious. I googled the calories of some of my go-to foods (like apples and bananas) and stumbled upon a really cool site called Calorie Count.
Calorie Count works similarly to WW. There’s a tracking function, as well as a scanner (yay – my fav!). You put in your food, exercise, water intake, and weight daily and it tracks your progress. You set it up with your target calorie consumption and it tracks your progress throughout the day. AND IT’S FREE!
My favorite part of the website, though, is that at the end of the day, it gives you an analysis to see if you’re on target for nutrients and the bad stuff. I was SHOCKED to learn that my diet is low on carbs, fiber, iron, and potassium and high on sodium. I never thought I had a sodium issue before, but I’ve learned that many of the processed foods I eat are chock full of them. What’s also great about the analysis is that when you’re off target in an area, it gives you food suggestions that are high or low in that item. Pretty cool and informative!
Trust me when I say, I’m not obsessive about this stuff. It’s really just so easy and useful that I’ve drawn to it like a new toy. I’m down about 3 pounds since finding it last week and I’ve even had a couple of cheat days. Tracking food, exercise, and the like is helping me become healthier. I’m already thinking about the vegetables that I can add to my regular diet and figuring out ways to avoid processed foods. It’s a pretty invaluable tool!
So, your turn…do you track your food?