The Danger of Counting Calories

Calorie counting is a strategy recommended by several different diet plans and regimes. It involves recording and keeping track of the amount of calories you consume in a single day and determining an appropriate, or inappropriate amount of calories to ingest.

In a broad perspective, calories counting likely seems like an effective means of regulating dietary intake. Perhaps for some persons it serves as a reliable way to lose or maintain weight, but because of my own experiences with counting calories I would argue that it is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your both in both a mental and physical sense.

I began to count calories when I was struggling with Anorexia and Bulimia, and I have not been able to stop doing so since. My eating disorder began in grade eleven – I am now completing my final year of university, and I still count each and every calorie I consume.

Am I ashamed of this behaviour? No. Does it bother me? Yes, of course.

If there is one thing I wish I could change in regards to my eating disorder history, I would go back to grade eleven and stop myself from engaging in the process of recording calories. Eating disorders are incredibly powerful psychological disorders, and after conducting thorough research on this type of mental illness myself I have discovered that counting calories is the one thing victims of eating disorders have tremendous difficulty with in regards to ending this behaviour.

My eating habits are now normalized and I have achieved a healthy weight since grade eleven, however my calorie counting habits are still prevalent in my everyday life. If I ever encounter an individual who is counting calories for the sake of a diet plan, I urge them to stop doing so in an attempt to spare them from this relentless habit.

Please do not count calories. It simply isn’t worth it.

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