Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's not a lifestyle, it's a diet.
I need to count calories even when I avoid processed foods and eat vegan. It is very easy to overeat even healthy food. I don't mind feeling like I'm on a diet because I am reversing a medical condition (obesity).
Once the obesity is gone, I can go ahead and have a lifestyle that will maintain a healthy weight. Learning to do that will be a process as well.
That's what works for me....I know everyone is different.


  1. Are you writing this to me today?? ;-)

    Megan, tell me what you're doing. How are you counting?

    I have a hard time with it because I'm usually eating something like a salad with homemade dressing -- how do I count those calories?

    This is part of the reason why WW wasn't a good fit for me. I didn't want to eat processed food, but I kept relying on it because it was so easy to "count" something like a frozen meal in a box.

  2. Darling,
    Using spark people or fit day is great and free. I'm using the Bodybugg software because it it free for me until June. (because I bought a Bugg in December).
    What I do with these programs is plan meals, days of meals, save them and print them out if possible. It is tedious at first, but once you put the data in initially, it is easier. Create your own menus based on your own caloric needs and preferences. I need about 1500 calories a day to function. If I try to stick around that number and just be generally active, and NOT DRINK WINE, I'll see the scale go down. The programs I mentioned have huge libraries of nutritional info that you can look up, or if you're like me and eat weird food, they allow you to construct your own food by inputing the nutrients yourself.
    Let me know how it goes.