Why calorie counting?

One of the simplest ways to stay on top of your health, but for some reason the hardest, is keeping track of what you eat.

Personally, I think calorie-counting for the sake of calorie-counting is too tedious to be worth it. But I am a fan of keeping track of nutrients consumed to make sure I’m getting enough of everything I need. Luckily we have a few tools at our disposal that make this process easy.

My favorite tool is an app called Livestrong.

Sure, it’s counting calories, but my favorite aspect of this app is actually the way it tracks distribution of macronutrients (Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats). Our bodies stay healthiest and most energized when we are eating these in proper proportions. We should shoot to fall within the bounds of The Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (aka AMDR).

This means daily our calories should come from the following sources:
Protein: 10-35% of daily calories
Fat: 20-35% of daily calories
Carbohydrates: 45-65% of daily calories

Here’s a screenshot from one of my random days:

That pie chart is cool, right?

Like I’ve said before, the term “diet” would better be defined as what you DO include in your diet rather than what you DON’T include.

So, this week’s challenge:
Keep track of what you eat! Whether on a sticky note or maybe with this app. It might seem monotonous at first, but it’s the simplest way to really get a snapshot of what you regularly eat so that can help you set future nutrition goals.

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