I’ve been using MyFitnessPal for the past 6 weeks straight tracking and logging calories. I’ve been trying to keep a log of what I eat from a calorie perspective in order to lose weight but I’m noticing an usual trend with my tracking in that I use my calorie limit per day to inform whether or not I eat as a opposed to a system where I sets a goal for me.
My magic number is 1800kcal a day so I often will eat up to that limit, naturally trying not to go over. The corollary is that I also look to fill up those extra calories if, after logging a day of food, I find that I still have some left over.
I don’t think that this is a good process, though, because it sets me up to always meet that goal, rather than listen to my body and work within those limits, even if it means fewer calories per day.
Not sure what I’ll do about this, I like the consistency of using the MFP app and I’d sooner keep to this habit than try to break it. At the same time, I feel like a “flexible diet” approach is probably the best bet.
Will look to do more research into this.