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For all those who have stopped measuring food...


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How did you do it?

I really want to try it, but I'm worried I won't get enough in :/ and In not sure I trust doing it by sight.

I'm still nowhere near recovered from my anorexia, despite being practically weight restored. But I feel this would be a big step in my physiological recovery :)

Anyone have any tips? Obviously not stop completley, but perhaps gradually?
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hi helena :) I feel like I can really relate to what you're saying. I've been weight restored for a while now after restrictive eating but still couldn't let go of all the measuring and counting. I told myself it was because I didn't want to eat too little but really I guess I didn't want to eat too much. But over the past few weeks I've really decided that I'm ready to stop it all now. Few days ago I decided I was going to try and eat intuitively, but I've had to give up it for a bit cos I've been ill and have had no appetite so literally would have ending up eating nothing. So now I'm not measuring things, just loosely estimating and eyeballing and it's so much better :) I'm not completely there yet but it's a step in the right direction! If you're ready to do it, maybe just try one meal at first, then one day etc? xxx

I'm curious to see the responses for this. Calorie counting and tracking was a god send to me while losing weight -- but now while I'm maintaining, it's kind of become a burden that I can't let go of. I've tried to stop before, even stop gradually, but nothing seems to be working -- I feel like I need that continuous feedback to keep me accountable and on track. :/

Well, I'd give it until you're weight restored--minimum bmi of 20--because it's too easy to overestimate due to fear.

Once you're at goal you can weigh in once a week for feedback--if you've gained then be a but more conscious of portion sizes--same if you've lost--look at what you're eating. All safe foods?? Then make sure to switch it up and challenge yourself.

You can alternate days counting and not counting.

Alternatively you can start with breakfast--go eat at a cafe every day or grocery store bakery--then you CANT count. If you do the grocery store route it's cheaper--don't let money be an excuse, this is your health.

Similarly--have someone else make/serve you one meal a day. Your parents?? Boyfriend?? You can cook for them a few days a week so they aren't like "what the heck, I'm not your slave" lol

So--put yourself in situations where you just can't count--1 meal a day. It will get easier, I do this every time I travel.
Original Post by carlymariex:

I'm curious to see the responses for this. Calorie counting and tracking was a god send to me while losing weight -- but now while I'm maintaining, it's kind of become a burden that I can't let go of. I've tried to stop before, even stop gradually, but nothing seems to be working -- I feel like I need that continuous feedback to keep me accountable and on track. :/

carlymariex:

I certainly agree that calorie counting and tracking can be a godsend.  Doing that absolutely helped me reach my target weight and keep the weight off (although I am a couple of pounds out of my weight window currently).

For me, logging calories and recording things like exercising, etc is NOT a burden. I enjoy doing it and I know it holds me accountable.  But I also definitely understand why people can get overwhelmed and burdened by doing it.  I think it is good to get away from it for most people and for them to try intuitive eating.

I am going to spend March not recording anything but one weekly weigh-in.  I have never successfully had a month where I was able to maintain my weight when I did not record -- but I like the challenge of trying it once again.

I love looking at data and seeing what I was eating and how much exercising I was doing one, two, three years ago.

Good luck to all of us!!!!!!!

shane: I feel along the same lines as you. I love it but hate it at the same time! I love your idea of going calorie-counting free in March though. Best of luck to you. I might try it for a week and see what happens sometime.

My problem is that when I don't track on here, I'll try to estimate - which is a lot easier, but I found that I overestimate by a lot which is not good. I remember one day I estimated 2,300 calories - decided to check myself by logging it at the end of the day, and I came in at about 1,800. :/ So I'm really just sticking with it now in danger of undereating. I'm trying to get my appetite back on track so it's hungrier for more food (I had a problem of undereating for awhile) and then I'll gradually step off of the calorie counting. :)

Best of luck to you!

carlymariex:

The advantage I have over some people as far as accurately logging calorie consumption, calories burned, exercising, meals, etc, is that I love putting things into my spreadsheets - exercising and dieting is a hobby.  I don't feel possessed by it -- I feel inspired by doing it, as much as anything.

I definitely understand what you are saying about overestimating.  I think there is a tendency to assume we will overeat, so we overcompensate and do the opposite.

However, for me, I have found that, for example, when I eat high-calorie items like grilled cheese-avocado sandwiches and peanut butter on wraps, I tend to not intuitively account for enough calories.  I do the same thing when I don't log how many calories are in cookies I eat, etc.

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"So I'm really just sticking with it now in danger of undereating. I'm trying to get my appetite back on track so it's hungrier for more food (I had a problem of undereating for awhile) and then I'll gradually step off of the calorie counting. :)"

I absolutely feel that your approach is good.  Getting your appetite to match your needs is paramount.  I would see no reason for you not to count calories until you know you are eating the right amount.

Good luck!

Sorry it's taken so long for me to reply to this thread!

hellothere_xo - Thankyou for you're encouragement :) its nice to hear you're challenging it too! I think I may start with my mums roast dinner on Sunday. I haven't had one in well over a year D: good luck with everything! Keep going! xxx

Chrissy - thank you also for you're advice. You're right I probably would overestimate due to fear :S

Do you mind if I ask why it's so important to get to a bmi 20? I'm not saying I won't atall, just why it's a necessity?

Im 16 and still live at home. My mum cooks dinner but I measure out my stuff and she cooks mine separately. Maybe I could challenge that eventually... :)

Also I think the bakery idea is a good one. I wouldnt have time in the morning as im late for school everyday D: but maybe at weekends. Plus I always hate holidays as I won't be able to count :S

for me, i took it as a challenge. everytime i have the urge to measure something or count calories, i stop myself and not do it. and everytime i do, i feel great, being victorious over ED:)

and after a little while, the habit just stopped. and now i no longer measure and count calories:) it is very much a huge relief:D

lola159951 - Aww hun I'm so glad to hear you were able to defeat ED and this habit :D it's very inspiring to me, honestly!

I think I'll wait untill I know what I maintain on a few lbs later :)

Thanks for the advice, hoping you're doing well! :) xx

thanks so much helenax! and i'm doing well thanks!

i wish all the best to you as well! i would still suggest you start to try to stop counting, one of the biggest thing in recovery is taking a stand over ED's voice. don't worry about your maintence yet because once you get there, you won't even have to think about it. eating will just come naturally to you, and that's truly maintaining, not forcing your body to live on a certain amount. because no one knows exactly how much you maintain on except your body. so once you are weight restored, just take a step back and listen to your body, i wish you the best of luck!:)

Thankyou again :)

Unfortunately my dietician has said to wait for another 4-5lbs before I start not counting :( but I guess she's the professional and she knows best :)

But I'm really exited to stop eventually XD

Thankyou and to you :) xx

alright, well i can't compete with a registered dietician;) i'm hopping to be one one day but i'm not there yet. i wish you luck!:D xoxo

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