My husband has had a slight ongoing battle with his weight the past couple of years. Not a big one, but he's always at a place we're he feels like he needs to lose about 10 pounds to be at a healthy weight. I've tried to help in various ways...nagging, educating, you name it, but my efforts have only frustrated him. Very humbling for a dietitian. Bottom line is, he doesn't really know why an apple is a better choice for him than a slice or pepperoni pizza and he doesn't really care. He wants to eat what he wants to eat and he doesn't want his dietitian wife interfering with that. And I get that. Even though a little bit more effort to listen to me (I mean seriously, this is my job) would be nice! But I digress...
All that to say, I've seen a change in him the past couple of weeks with his food habits. He downloaded a calorie counting app on his iphone and he's really working hard to use it. Now, I made sure his goal calorie count was actually appropriate and I'm not 100% sure it's super accurate, but it's definitely helping him. It's like a game for him (a game that lets him play on his iphone at dinner without his wife getting too mad) and it's causing him to think twice before grabbing a giant cake-like muffin for breakfast or a third slice of pizza.
While I still believe strongly that he needs to learn to listen to his body and respect what it's telling him it needs over a calculator, I am seeing the value of this for a season for him. I'm hoping that it's a transition into a healthier diet for him. It's getting him at least willing to think about food and helping him to realize what foods are loaded with calories and what foods may be better choices. And, as long as he chooses real, healthy foods and not fake low-calorie wanna-be foods, I think this just might be ok.
Do you find calorie counting helpful or harmful?
What do you use to count calories?