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My friends use calorie counting apps.  But I feel it is tedious to log calories for every meal.  Is this really worth it?
by Healthsoup

My friends use calorie counting apps. But I feel it is tedious to log calories for every meal. Is this really worth it?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Personally, I tend to tell people to not count/track calories. Being able to enjoy all foods is an important part of any healthy eating plan. Tracking foods often keeps you from picking what you really want to eat, leaving you deprived and unsatisfied. Many times, this leads to binge behaviors and disordered eating habits.

A healthier approach is to think of your plate this way-50% vegetables, 25% lean protein and 25% carbohydrates (preferrably whole grains). Add some fruit and even a sweet treat, and you have a well-balanced meal that will proved you with adequate nutirents and calories.


Jaime M

Very helpful thanks.


Vish2019

I tried tracking for a month and then couldn’t keep it up. It is definitely educational though.


Jaime

Good tip. Thanks!


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