Should you track calories if you’re an emotional eater?

Should you track calories?

Do you need to? Will it help? What if you hate it?

Calorie tracking definitely isn’t a good fit for everyone. It can lead to overthinking, frustration, and obsession for an emotional eater.

But for others, it’s one of the main ways you learn and stay on track.

Find out what calorie tracking category you fall into and how to track calories safely and effectively.

Should you track calories? Do you need to? Will it help? What if you hate it? Calorie tracking definitely isn't a good fit for everyone.

There is certainly a lot of information and strategies for tracking calories floating around the internet.

As an emotional eater, and someone who already struggles with thinking a lot (too much) about food, will calorie tracking help take the strain off your food choices, or just add another variable for you to stress about?

The answer really depends on you. I explain some ways you can think about tracking calories in the video below, along with how it works extremely well for some and makes others totally crazy.

You don’t want to track calories

Photo diary:

Meal Logger is a really cool visual food tracking app that really takes the stress out of keeping a food diary. It lets you take photos on your phone of everything you eat so you can look back over your day/week/month and see what you’ve been up to. It also has a great community and really fun email newsletter you can sign up for – all for free!

One plate:

If you usually serve meals ‘family style’, ‘self-serve’, or regularly go back for seconds/thirds, an easy rule of thumb can be “I only eat one plate of food at each meal”.

Eat with your hands:

Or measure your food with your hands. The Whole30 has an excellent guide here that shows how to measure portion sizes with your hand.

If you’d like to hit the ‘reset’ button on your eating:

If you feel like your eating is out of control and something you struggle with ALL the time, you’re probably using food to fill the emotional gaps and just can’t seem to rein it in.

Check out the 7-day Emotional Eating Plan. You’ll get the tools, information, and resources you need to finally stop letting food control your life.

The 7-day plan is a 20+ page workbook (including actionable info) to help you plan a 7-day emotional eating intervention for yourself. You’ll learn why you overeat, how to stop, and what you can do instead.

Click here to find out more about the 7-day Emotional Eating Plan workbook

About Samantha

Hello! I'm Sam and I'm an Eating Psychology Coach. I work with women who struggle with emotional eating and weight loss to develop new strategies and lifestyles so they can stop using food to cope, lose weight, and eat happy.

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