Calorie-counting apps…good or bad?

Hi, guys! Long time no talk. I’ve been working my butt off at my retail job as well as tackling my remote editorial work… but I’ve finally got some time to spare to write a new blog post. This one’s been on my mind for awhile, and I figured I could bring up the topic to spark some debate.

Calorie-counting apps. They can be helpful and positive or make you calorie-counting obsessed and crazed out of your mind. I personally do use a calorie-counting app called “Lose It”, and contrary to the name of the app, I use it to make sure I eat ENOUGH calories.

A lot of people will use calorie-counting apps as a means to track exactly what they’re eating and how much they’re eating. When someone becomes very obsessed with making sure their calories don’t exceed a certain number (i.e. 1,200 or sometimes less), this tends to take control of their overall weight loss mindset.

Those people will begin to believe that calories are basically the Devil and that we should stay away from them. That we should strive to eat LESS calories. A lot of calorie counting apps do promote a caloric deficit of at least 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men, but more than half of these app users will eat much less than 1,200 or 1,500 in fear of exceeding their allowed calorie budget. This type of mindset puts those app users on the path to eating disorders.

I know that I definitely went through a phase where I relied completely on my calorie-counting app. I couldn’t have more than 1,000 calories per day. Soon, that turned into no more than 800… then no more than 500. The vicious cycle progressed until I couldn’t take it anymore, and started on the long road of recovery. I was a different person because of this. I went into a literal frenzy with this app and every waking moment revolved around it. It wasn’t until after I had recovered about 90% after my ED, I downloaded the Lose It app again… and this time, it was to make sure I was eating well over 1,000 calories. I still use it for the same reason, as well as to track my nutrients!

SO, what do you guys think? There really is so much grey area with calorie-counting apps because they can be so helpful, but also can cause some serious damage to its users. I’m hoping soon that maybe an app will come out that instead of proposing a caloric deficit, it promotes indulging, abundance, and eating freely.

Leave your comments and let me know what you think about calorie-counting apps!