In the past, I calculated calories through an app called Fooducate for about a year. I found that I became obsessed, and I mean that literally, with tracking my calories. I was never diagnosed, but I know enough now to diagnose myself with Anorexia Athletica which is defined as: (sports anorexia) also referred to as hypergymnasia is an eating disorder characterized by excessive and compulsive exercise. An athlete suffering from sports anorexia tends to over exercise to give themselves a sense of having control over their body.
Not only that, but I would workout to burn off what I was eating in an obsessive way and I would be happy when my calorie tracker came up red by the end of the day, signaling that my caloric intake was too low. I wouldn't define myself as full blown anorexic because I've always loved food and I was eating. However, I was eating all the wrong things, eating only when I needed to, and going to the gym to ensure I burned off more calories than I was consuming.
I've seen family members track their intake by weighing food, calculating calories on their own and tracking in a journal and so on. But it wasn't until I found a certain nutrition guide when I realized that there is a much more simplistic way to go about this.
Caloric intake is different for each individual. So you should therefore be consuming calories based on your weight, your activity level, and your weight loss goals. This guide, one that truly changed the game for me, provides a step by step equation for me to calculate the number of calories I need in a day in relation to the energy I'm expending in my workouts.
My equation comes to around 1800-2000 calories per day. From there, this guide has a set number of containers I can eat per day. Each container is a different color to represent vegetables, carbs, proteins, fruits, healthy fats, seeds and dressings, and then oils and butters. Each container is a different size to represent the proper serving size you should be consuming for each food group.
This guide has customized a plan for me to be eating
5 containers of vegetables
3 purple containers of fruit
5 red containers of proteins
4 yellow containers of carbs
1 blue container of healthy fats
1 orange container of seeds/dressings.
Each Sunday I prep my meals for the week using these containers as measuring cups.
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