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


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#21 AwkwarddOtter

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:59 PM

Yeah, I usually skip counting if I know I'm eating very little. Plus I've been measuring, weighing, and tracking for a decade, and I eat a lot of the same things, so I typically have an idea where I'm at.

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#22 whyarewelaughing

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 07:24 PM

I never really count. Haven’t for a few years now. It’s just not necessary, I’ve had an ED for so long that I guess super accurate if not a bit higher than reality.
I know what I like to eat. I know what I’d eat if I wanted to lose. I don’t need to count. It stresses me out and makes my life harder.

Plus, there are some things in life you want to spontaneously enjoy. There are some meals you’ll need to eat to make other people happy or avoid detection. Or to make yourself happy.You can make it up later but it’s a lot hard to justify it to yourself if your hung up on a number.
I have a lot of self control, but I like to indulge. I eat McDonald’s burgers, and pizza if I want to. I’ll drink if I want to. Essentially I don’t deny myself very much, but only eat a reasonable amount.

I just think numbers are a bit dangerous, and can fill up your mind and make you go a bit nuts.
I lose weight really effortlessly lately, probably because I’m not a happy camper and I have a high stress job.
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#23 FluffSkin

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Posted Yesterday, 12:51 AM

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

Ya I eat the same foods most of times too so it feel just a bit too much & such extra work & anxiety for my brain. Have also read obsessive counting can raise ur cortisol too which would only interfier with weight loss. Ana already probably makes us have higher levels of it. Ur body is in constant stress with the constant obsession over numbers & what u ate. I feel like I was calmer & felt better before I got too much into calorie stuff.. May very well try to chill more, at least try & see how it works out.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:54 AM

But the body does not work that way

Yep this. When u count every fucking teeny tiny number & calorie & then things don't work the way u think they should. Big mad lmao.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:18 AM

I never really count. Haven’t for a few years now. It’s just not necessary, I’ve had an ED for so long that I guess super accurate if not a bit higher than reality.
I know what I like to eat. I know what I’d eat if I wanted to lose. I don’t need to count. It stresses me out and makes my life harder.

Plus, there are some things in life you want to spontaneously enjoy. There are some meals you’ll need to eat to make other people happy or avoid detection. Or to make yourself happy.You can make it up later but it’s a lot hard to justify it to yourself if your hung up on a number.
I have a lot of self control, but I like to indulge. I eat McDonald’s burgers, and pizza if I want to. I’ll drink if I want to. Essentially I don’t deny myself very much, but only eat a reasonable amount.

I just think numbers are a bit dangerous, and can fill up your mind and make you go a bit nuts.
I lose weight really effortlessly lately, probably because I’m not a happy camper and I have a high stress job.

Ya so much facts.

Couple things I wonder tho. When u do eat some fast food or have a drink. How are u able to only have one burger & can u finish a whole wine or liqueur bottle & not worry about it. Those drinks have alot of sugar & adds so much calories. Been sober for quite a while now & haven't had a sip (except caffeine & nicotine lol) but when I think about it knowing myself I'd probably drink at least half of it in one night makes me not wanna buy any at all. Plus the fact when I'm drunk I'm usually alot more prone to eat more & hate myself later.. And what if I already had my usual oatmeal or whatever earlier that day, what if I now gain weight. Maybe I should plan those days better sure, but may still be prone to binge if I drink too much.. It's just alot ugh. Alcohol has never been my choice of drug anyway & don't really crave it that much but ya idk.. Always remember "gaining weight" when I was more into b/p but then it all came right off in couple of days when I ate clean again. Altho it definitely made me hate myself alot more & question alot did I or did I not gain & what if I can't get back to my "normal" weight again..Could be just water retention & other bodily stuff going on. Honestly sometimes have hard time believing it's always about CICO & that u magicly gain fat over night, especially when u've ana, ur body is starving & ur body will eat literally anything u give it lmao. So many things go into weight gain. 


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Posted Yesterday, 01:21 AM

I used to roughly count calories when this all started. But after so many years, I can just intuitively tell when I've eaten enough to maintain or lose, just by how I feel and my vast memory of generally how many calories stuff has haha


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Posted Yesterday, 01:31 AM

I count, but i'm not obsessively rigid about it. I round stuff up to the next multiple of 50 in my head usually, so it's a slight overestimate.

 

it seems to be working though 


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Posted Yesterday, 01:40 AM

Currently no but in the past i could but then again ended up cutting one meal replacement bar in three and used that through out the day + one apple juice but now i could never do this, sadly (this was before i knew what a calorie was)


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Posted Yesterday, 07:15 AM

I lost a ton of weight when I was in residential for depression, I just ate salad with salsa as dressing every day and didn't count calories.


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#30 smallandlovable

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Posted Yesterday, 08:59 AM

yeah, i haven’t counting calories in weeks and i’m still losing. I just eat once or twice a day of regular food in small amounts. It was really liberating to stop counting and i realized that I could eat even less when i wasn’t thinking about numbers.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:00 AM

Yes.

 

When I was living abroad I didn't have a food scale, so I was eyeballing/making rough estimations for my food on MyFitnessPal (now I use cronometer). I probably overestimated how much I was eating, but I lost around 9-10kg in 3 months that way.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:03 AM

Yeah, I got down to a bmi of 15 without counting. Just had small portions (ate 6 meals a day) and exercised (weight lifting x4 and running 1x a week)
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#33 Almost Gone Imouto

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Posted Yesterday, 09:09 AM

Yep got crazy before I was at my UGW last time and got dumped into hospitalization.
Didn't count calories just ate one popsicle a day. It's definitely possible. X'D
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Posted Yesterday, 09:14 AM

Ya I eat the same foods most of times too so it feel just a bit too much & such extra work & anxiety for my brain. Have also read obsessive counting can raise ur cortisol too which would only interfier with weight loss. Ana already probably makes us have higher levels of it. Ur body is in constant stress with the constant obsession over numbers & what u ate. I feel like I was calmer & felt better before I got too much into calorie stuff.. May very well try to chill more, at least try & see how it works out.


I’ve read that thing about cortisol too and I didn’t wanna take any chances lol our brains are so fucked. I am defs calmer cos a)my ADD makes me forget to write down cals or remember exactly what I ate and B) it actually makes me feel less in control and I cannot be having that

I say try it out and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t. It took me like a decade to get to what works for me with the least amount of effort. Stay safe!!!!
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Posted Yesterday, 09:15 AM

Only with bulimia but its an up n down of gain and loss for me

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Posted Yesterday, 04:50 PM

Ya so much facts.

Couple things I wonder tho. When u do eat some fast food or have a drink. How are u able to only have one burger & can u finish a whole wine or liqueur bottle & not worry about it. Those drinks have alot of sugar & adds so much calories. Been sober for quite a while now & haven't had a sip (except caffeine & nicotine lol) but when I think about it knowing myself I'd probably drink at least half of it in one night makes me not wanna buy any at all. Plus the fact when I'm drunk I'm usually alot more prone to eat more & hate myself later.. And what if I already had my usual oatmeal or whatever earlier that day, what if I now gain weight. Maybe I should plan those days better sure, but may still be prone to binge if I drink too much.. It's just alot ugh. Alcohol has never been my choice of drug anyway & don't really crave it that much but ya idk.. Always remember "gaining weight" when I was more into b/p but then it all came right off in couple of days when I ate clean again. Altho it definitely made me hate myself alot more & question alot did I or did I not gain & what if I can't get back to my "normal" weight again..Could be just water retention & other bodily stuff going on. Honestly sometimes have hard time believing it's always about CICO & that u magicly gain fat over night, especially when u've ana, ur body is starving & ur body will eat literally anything u give it lmao. So many things go into weight gain. 

 

My stomach has shrunk I think, I feel really full after only eating one serving. I will generally finish everything I buy, but it might take me all day to eat it, or maybe even 2 days in the case of ordering a pizza. 

I don't drink wine or beer. I perfer vodka, but I don't drink a ton. I usually have max 4 drinks a night I go out and I perfer to make a lighter drink. Peach Ciroc with diet cranberry juice is my go to. I am a 1 or 2 drink a night type person. I prefer other things like weed, so alcohol isn't a huge part of my life. 

I do not binge or purge. When I eat like that I do not consider it a binge as binges are generally a few thousand calories quickly and out of control. I am not out of control, its more like one normal sized meal I spread out through my day. 


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Posted Yesterday, 06:42 PM

yes, i don’t really count calories. i know which things are high cal and eat small portions. i basically consider eating of any kind a binge and then purge (even a 45 cal meal). i’ve lost 60 lb this year with no exercise only restricting so it’s working i guess lol and i’m able to maintain my loss

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Posted Yesterday, 06:46 PM

I wasn't' counting at all during this relapse until just recently. I went from bmi 22 to 18.4 without counting. But I was also too depressed to eat most days, so that helped

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Posted Yesterday, 06:52 PM

Yes when I went completely teetotal off alcohol. I have always had an unhealthy relationship with the stuff and have been/am an alcoholic, you just never realise that it's all you will ever be, even when I cut down alcohol I was still having 500ml spirit a time, 2-3 bottles of wine, etc. When I decided completely teetotal was the way forwards and screw social expectations I had a mega loss in weight unexpectedly.

Also to note when I quit the alcohol, junk food was being consumed like cheesecake and KFC where partner and I would split a family feast. I find it baffling how just cutting booze yet consuming food like that once or twice a week allowed me to end up losing so drastically.
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Posted Today, 12:42 AM

My stomach has shrunk I think, I feel really full after only eating one serving. I will generally finish everything I buy, but it might take me all day to eat it, or maybe even 2 days in the case of ordering a pizza. 

I don't drink wine or beer. I perfer vodka, but I don't drink a ton. I usually have max 4 drinks a night I go out and I perfer to make a lighter drink. Peach Ciroc with diet cranberry juice is my go to. I am a 1 or 2 drink a night type person. I prefer other things like weed, so alcohol isn't a huge part of my life. 

I do not binge or purge. When I eat like that I do not consider it a binge as binges are generally a few thousand calories quickly and out of control. I am not out of control, its more like one normal sized meal I spread out through my day. 

I wish I had that kind of control around fast & better tasting foods in general. Haven't had any in a long time but scared to even think about it. Sure I'm  so much more weight focused nowadays & don't wanna gain any but still not sure when things could spiral if I have something that's bit too good tasting. Maybe someday.


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