My Day in Calories (And a recipe that you can’t pass up!)

If you read my last post, I’m sure it was easy to deduce that calorie counting is my preferred method of weight loss. While I stand by the fact that the ONLY way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than your body uses, there are many means to that end. Whether it’s portion control, exercise, low carb, what have you, if you’re losing weight it’s because you’re eating at a caloric deficit. I prefer to count my calories because I am kind of a perfectionist. I know it’s not for everyone, but I like knowing the exact number of calories that I’m eating– that way I have a really good idea of how the scale is going to move. Some mornings I step on and it’s gone up, but I know that I’ve eaten within my budget so I know it’s not fat that I’m gaining.

I like to be precise. Calories better watch out, because I don’t let many slip by me! I use a food scale in conjunction with Myfitnesspal (Are you on there too? Add me!) If you’re going to count calories, a good food scale is really essential because it’s the only accurate way to measure your food. Take a tablespoon of peanut butter, for example. You can measure it one of two ways: with a measuring spoon or with your food scale. According to the jar, a tablespoon is 16 grams of peanut butter. Even if you measure the most level tablespoon possible, it will often weigh more than 16 grams. I’ve experimented a bit, and I’ve seen as much as 25 grams, which is actually a lot of calories to be sneaking into your diet each day!

But I digress. So, armed with a food scale and MFP, I thought it might be fun to show you a day in the life of, food style. Read More »