My Experience Counting Calories

How I lost 30 pounds counting calories using My Fitness Pal.

I started my weight loss journey by counting calories.  It worked really well for me (that is until I got sick of it, but  more on that later).  I lost 30 pounds over the course of several months by counting calories and doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  I still wanted to lose another 30 pounds, but I was getting so sick of counting calories.  That’s when I started trying out different diet plans and lifestyles.  You can read my unbiased thoughts on ALL of the programs I have tried here.

But enough about that, we’re talking about counting calories here.  Counting calories can be a good way to lose weight.  Tools like the My Fitness Pal app make it so easy to track your calories.  It tells you exactly how much you should be eating, including how many extra calories you should eat when you work out.

The thing I like about counting calories is the flexibility.  There is nothing you “can’t” have as long as you plan for it in your calorie count.  If I want a grande iced white chocolate mocha with no whip all I have to do is save a couple hundred calories for it.  Additionally there are tons of recipe sites out there that include the calorie count per serving on the recipe. is my personal favorite.  I am yet to find a recipe off Skinnytaste that I don’t love.

Counting calories worked really well for me to kick start my health and fitness journey.  It gave me a good foundation to work with, a knowledge base of approximately how much and what types of things I should be eating.  I did eventually get burnt out from counting calories, but let me hash out the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself if this route is for you.


  • Flexible.  You can eat whatever you want as long as you can fit it into your daily calorie count
  • Easy.  Apps like My Fitness Pal make it so easy to track your daily calories
  • Inexpensive.  It doesn’t cost you anything to get started with this approach


  • You may not be eating a diet that is balanced for optimum nutrition (for example, you will likely feel better and less hungry on a program that ensures you are eating enough protein, etc.)
  • You may be hungry depending on your food choices during the day (steering clear of “empty calories” will help avoid this)
  • If you start to feel too restricted or deprived on any diet it can wreak havoc on your body and mind, so just be sure to try a different approach if you do start to feel this way on this, or any, diet plan

Read my full weight loss story, or compare the pros and cons of several different weight loss approaches and diet lifestyles.

Well those are my thoughts on counting calories.  It is probably the oldest trick in the book so I’m sure it’s a method most of you have tried.  What are your thoughts on counting calories?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

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