This week brought two more calorie counting success stories. One is our very own friend Clyde, who is carefully eating his way to 1300 calories per day. Seems a little low for a big fellow, but I can't argue with the results, as Clyde has again lost 3 pounds, on top of several weeks of losses. Way to go, Clyde!
And then there's Christine, a woman who made national news this week for following what is being called the "Starbucks Diet." She's a 66 year old, 5'4" woman who reports dropping from 190 to 114 after two years of eating three means a day at the coffee chain. No, it's not a caffeine supercharged metabolism, but the calorie counts that explain her success. Items like oatmeal, fruit and cheese trays, and panini sandwiches keep her daily intake below 900 calories. Again, it seems like this diet is below a sensible calorie level, and the lack of variety risks malnutrition, but I don't really have a good moral standing from which to judge.
I succeed when I follow calorie counts, but can't seem to sustain that strategy. Usually it goes well for a while, and then I spend a few hundred calories on something my body finds addictive - chips, pretzels, sweets, etc. - and before I know it, I'm off track. Pure calorie counting advocates say it doesn't matter where the calories come from. Some hedge with healthy food strategies, while also counting.
My question to you, and I really am asking...how have you sustained a calorie counting approach? Do you allow all foods as long as you can budget for the calories...or focus on healthy foods...or eliminate some less healthy foods?
Have a great week everybody!