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Why Tracking Calories Can Be Pointless




Are you tracking the same food day in day out on my fitness pal?

While tracking your calorie intake provides you with much-needed accountability, especially, if you’re competing or doing a photo shoot. It can get pretty annoying and pointless after a while, especially if your diet is pretty repetitive.

I’ve outlined the best times to use a calorie tracker like my fitness pal, outside of highly focused training phases. Obviously, the greater amount of body fat you have to lose, the more important it is to track calories.


  1. When Traveling – Travelling presents a number of obstacles. Sometimes you’ll have to compensate your food options. Other times you’ll have to face a buffet or share portions. Tracking your calories in this context can keep your calorie intake in check and limit unwanted fat gain from overeating


  1. Eating Out – Eating at a restaurant or party can present you with a wide selection of foreign food options. Tracking what you eat is an excellent way to avoid overeating and going too far down the line


  1. Cheat Meals/Re-Feeds – Tracking calories for dedicated re-feeds and cheat meals can be extremely useful for the modern day athlete or physique competitor. It easily allows you to assess the effectiveness of a set quantity of food on performance, body shape and boosting the metabolism, after a prolonged time in a deficit.


What happens, if when I over eat?

No big deal, feel free to compensate your calorie intake on other days of the week. Never look at fat gain over a single day period, more so over the week, month.

Tracking the same foods 365 days a year for the rest of your life is pretty restrictive in my opinion, and is no way to live. If you feel better doing it, no judgement – it works for you, stick to it! But realise, it’s perfectly ok to skip tracking, especially if you’re eating the same diet day in day out.

Tracking is only valuable if you’re acting on the calorie intake you track.

That means eating enough to fuel exercise performance and muscle growth?

Eating enough calories to prevent muscle loss, and, prevent unwanted fat gain.

Eating the right selection of food to supply your body with all the essential nutrients it needs for health.

How are you evaluating this? And, what actions are you taking to ensure maximum progress?

If your calorie tracking efforts aren’t helping you lose fat, build muscle or increase your performance – what are you doing?

This is something I hammer home to all my online male and female coaching clients.

Until next time..


Track with purpose at all times!