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Has anyone here ever been able to lose weight without counting calories?


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#1 FluffSkin

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:11 PM

I sometimes wish I could stop & never even started it in the first place. Was able to maintain & lose without them anyway. Life shouldn't be all about numbers especially when u eat a healthy diet. 

Eh, what can u do.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:18 PM

my food scale broke down few days ago because I washed it in the sink cuz I'm a dumb bitch but that has made me eat smaller portions than before and overestimating calories more than before just out of fear. If anything I'm more cautious and also not weighting all my food makes me look less crazy



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:20 PM

When i dont count i just eat as little as possible

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:23 PM

When i dont count i just eat as little as possible

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I do this too sometimes. I find that when I track calories and get very obsessive it triggers a binge but if I just eat like a mouse and don't think about food as much I can get by just fine.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:31 PM

I find when I track calories rigidly, I make rigid plans around those numbers, and I expect rigid results every time I step on the scale. But the body does not work that way and I would panic and spiral and lose focus and bing or think i needed a different rigid plan with even lower calories and binge.

I have poor emotional regulation skills and am impatient and unfocused in general so I've found more success in other ways. I'm sure many people work well with counting but I'm just not one. It's kind of a shame bc I love data but this data is too close so it's hard for me to learn from it when eclipsed by my feels.
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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:40 PM

i don't even always count them, i just know i'm eating very little anyway


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:43 PM

yes but only when i was like SEVERELY depressed. i slept all day every day and only got up once to eat something small. then i'd just go back to sleep. i couldn't do that now though bc unknown calories spook me and make me binge



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:44 PM

Only times in my life where I was super depressed so I had so little of an appetite that I basically wasn’t eating anything. I’m too afraid that I will go over my calories if I don’t count otherwise.

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:50 PM

I was counting and weighing food obsessively last time I relapsed and had many break downs over it. I don't particularly count my calories now but I do pay heed to portion sizes and can estimate my calories for the day. If I have something packaged I remember the calories and calculate in my head, when it's something like dinner I can guestimate the calories because I'm really good about keeping portions small. I usually overestimate my total calories for the day. I've lost 5 lbs in the last week or so, so I'd say I'm doing pretty good with not obsessively counting.

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#10 young_wurdsmith

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 01:16 PM

I used to count meticulously but now I just eat the same foods and fast most of the day so I know I’m only eating at most 600cal/day

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 02:28 PM

Yeah I did when I went away on holidays with my friends. I just stook to safe foods. I only ate if I had to. I think I was eat one meal a day and maybe one or two snacks and finishing nothing. I lost 7lbs in 10 days. It was the beginning of a bad enough relapse 


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 02:40 PM

Pretty much, I either did a diet plan with instant meals (where the calories were already calculated), or I just went for about 1/3 of a recommended portion for any food that I ate


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 02:56 PM

I used to count calories. But it became too stressful and wasted too much time and when you live in shared accommodation it becomes very inconvenient to do without somebody asking wtf you're doing. So I just stopped.

 

I prefer it soooo much more to not count calories and I'm still losing weight. I'm just a lot more careful about my portions. I also do have a good estimate of how many calories are in my staple foods and have a look at packaging etc. but I don't go out of my way to calculate how much I've eaten each day. It saves a lot of mental anguish.

 

I high restict though so that's why it's probably easier. I just eat small portions and when I'm full I'm good.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 03:59 PM

yea but when i dont count i just purge almost all of it up so "ofc im losing im on a deficit" but i never know just how much if u get me 


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end of may gw: 45kg/99lbs (bmi 17.3) 

end of june gw: 43kg/94lbs (bmi 16.5) 

end of july gw: 41kg/90lbs (bmi 15.8) ✓ 

end of august gw: 40kg/88lbs (bmi 15.4) ✓ 

 

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end of september gw: 40kg/88lbs (bmi  15.4) ✓ 

end of october gw: 39kg/86lbs (bmi 15)

end of november gw: 38kg/84lbs (bmi 14.6)

end of december gw: 37kg/82lbs (bmi 14.2)

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#15 thecookiemonster

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:58 PM

I lost 40lbs not tracking. I ate the same thing everyday tho and tracked excersise.

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:59 PM

Yes.
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Posted 18 October 2020 - 05:05 PM

When I get into the workout phase, I usually care a lot more about what I put into my body. When I know im only eating good whole foods, no packaged junk/fast food/sugar/salt i don't tend to count. I eat intuitively and make sure to run or lift. I still like to be a lil hungry before bed and drink tons of water... and I tend to loose.
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Posted 18 October 2020 - 05:18 PM

Once I got in the habit of eating smaller portions that added up to somewhere around ~1000 a day I was able to stop counting and lose for a bit. Then I got a massive plateau and b/p like crazy and now I'm back to fasting and I'm not counting on my days in between and I'm maintaining on those days so I guess that counts.



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:56 PM

I find when I track calories rigidly, I make rigid plans around those numbers, and I expect rigid results every time I step on the scale. But the body does not work that way and I would panic and spiral and lose focus and bing or think i needed a different rigid plan with even lower calories and binge.

I have poor emotional regulation skills and am impatient and unfocused in general so I've found more success in other ways. I'm sure many people work well with counting but I'm just not one. It's kind of a shame bc I love data but this data is too close so it's hard for me to learn from it when eclipsed by my feels.


Wow I really feel this. I’m like this too.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:58 PM

I lost 40lbs not tracking. I ate the same thing everyday tho and tracked excersise.


That’s amazing. I lost my first 10 pounds a few years ago by barely eating and not tracking. Then I started obsessively tracking when it became clear that j couldn’t sustain life that way for long.

Do you remember what you ate when you lost 40 pounds?


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