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Think Of Your Calories As A Budget

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The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.

- Submitted by KEVINSBEBE 4/6/2010 in Healthy Eating | 15 Comments
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WILDBUTTERFLY77 3/16/2011 10:51:00 PM

    It's great to hear that other people think this way. I've thought of my calories as "money" since I started my weight loss journey. My husband looks at me funny when I say, "I can't afford that, so I'm not going to eat it." It works just like a household budget!
FIT4LIFEMOMMY 10/30/2012 10:12:00 AM

    I think of it get way too. I also went through a time if trying to "pay ahead" by exercising. So if I "earned" 100 calories on the treadmill, that was worth 200 calories that I could have at the next meal. I think it really boosted my metabolism and helped with the calorie budget mindset. It could get a little obsessive-compulsive feeling but if you are in control, it's ok.
UNPREDICTABLYME 10/22/2012 12:58:00 PM

    this is a great idea thank you. emoticon
GRATEFUL_DAWN 8/23/2014 8:40:00 AM

    I do this, too. I think that is one reason the SparkPeople program is so effective. It is about having a lifestyle that I can live with for life.
ARCHIEMITCHELL 7/31/2014 7:20:00 AM

    This is a wonderful idea. I shall try doing the same thing.
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ARCHIEMITCHELL 6/25/2014 8:28:00 AM

    A creative thought to follow and I will do so. emoticon
Nancy
SMILEYCSULB 11/25/2010 7:37:00 PM

    this is so true, when i was in europe for a back packing trip. I started to eat less because I was in a tight budget as a result i lost 5 pounds in 30days (:
TWOFIFTY190 10/21/2010 11:07:00 AM

    The daily "budget" of calories has worked for me. I try to use less of my "budget" at breakfast (note: before SparkPeople I never ate breakfast) and lunch. That allows me to have most of my "budget" left at the end of the day and I do not fell deprived. The only thing I would add is to make sure you track your food on SparkPeople so you can balance the nutrients that comprise your "budget" for overall good health.
CHANELSLEDGE 7/15/2010 2:01:00 AM

    I have been trying to use this ideal. It has really helped me. It makes me think twice about eating junk food and sodas.
BEACHBLOSSOM 6/3/2010 6:09:00 AM

    I now think of my calories as money, and I also save money on top of it by packing my lunch instead of ordering out with the co-workers. I put the extra monies in a jar then at the end of the month I am going to use it to give myself a treat, be it new sneakers, massage, etc. for sticking to living healthier. emoticon
WAKEUPSAM 5/17/2010 6:23:00 AM

    I try to employ this everyday now that I have started the Spark life change, once I reach my daily goal of calories I will hold off. At first it was much harder but now I've learnt to space my food out better so that I finish the day on my target rather than finishing mid afternoon and being hungry about dinner time.
CAROLYN0107 5/10/2010 3:46:00 AM

    Great idea!
POLYANASUNSHINE 4/24/2010 4:35:00 PM

    I never thought of it that way
MOMMYOF_6 4/17/2010 3:55:00 PM

    I really like that!
LIL-ANGEL-WINGS 4/6/2010 10:09:00 PM

    i do i think of my calories as money and i only have this much to spend in a day... that way i stay on track

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