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Calorie Counting Countdown

April 29th, 2014 by Ariel Martinez

So I started a diet about 10 days ago. IKR?~ Yay me~ But at the same time I am so angry and fed up. Counting calories while interesting and seemingly easy, is actually a huge pain in the arse. Sure you think about how much you eat a day and laugh it off like damn I could easily eat less than the calories I’m limited at, but it is not so easy. You soon begin to realize those foods you weren’t eating so much of, are packed so full of calories you were over eating anyways. A bag of Doritos although delightful to the taste buds, are so skimpy when it comes to fullness and satisfaction that you can literally eat through a days worth of calories before you reach the bottom of the bag!~ And simply snacking on them at all as you quickly find out, is a huge waste! You only get so many calories a day, and after going hungry for a few days as you stick to this diet, you begin to learn while some foods are extremely delightful they are also not worth the hunger pains. And so we move onto moderation. We eat our greens and lean meats, maybe eat some fruits for a dessert but only when we feel vulnerable or needy just one bite of our choice foods to help curb the desire is hard but more than enough.

After the first week, I found plenty of foods I enjoy, that I could snack on until I exploded and still have calories left for treats. However, calorie counting is not just about filling up on whats low, but eating whats needed for a balanced and nutritious lifestyle. While it is important and practically calorie free to fill up on veggies like a fresh salad with carrots and maybe some white mushrooms, and of course pickles go a LONG way~ it isn’t wise if that’s all your counting. Protein found in eggs can be very beneficial and decent enough in calories that you can add a couple a day and get about your recommended dose.

The one thing that needs to be remembered through all this. is dieting is hard! If it wasn’t everyone would be doing it. However the hardest part is learning to tell yourself “No, I don’t need that.” and believing yourself when you pull back on your old desires. The more you hang in there, and the more you try and stick to your diet the easier it will become on you and your body to just know what you need, what you want, and take moderation with light steps. And don’t forget to congratulate yourself, when you stick to your diet and make wise choices, to discipline yourself but to be rational if you ever feel yourself begin to wane. To look back and take a deep breath and consider what you are possibly losing out on for the sake of a delicious and unhealthy treat. But most of all, just remember to love. Love your food, your diet, and your body, no matter the outcome, because you are perfect in every shape and form you take.

Love Your best friend and devoted life partner,