As someone who genuinely enjoys journaling and counting, keeping a spreadsheet of my finances and tracking my spending (though I’m much better about the former than the latter!) I definitely fall into the category of benefiting from it.
But I also know it can become obsessive for some — even myself, at times. Still, I agree with all of Kath’s points here. For me, counting keeps me …well, accountable! When I’m not journaling accurately, I gain weight or maintain.
The key is using it as a tool, but not abusing it. That’s when counting becomes disordered and compulsive. And I don’t want to go back down that path.
How about you? Where do you stand? Is calorie counting a positive tool for you, or does it lead to obsessive behaviors?