Don’t obsess over numbers. Real world dieting is not an exact Science

Don’t obsess over the numbers –> Estimate and adjust based on progress

With so many apps and gadgets it is easy to get caught up in being over analytical.

Obsessing over these numbers is nonsensical given that they are all estimates.

Even if you meticulously track everything myfitnesspal is still an estimateof your calorie intake. On top of this food listing are often wrong too.. here is a little test: try adding up the macronutrients listed (carbohydrate and fat gs x4, fatgs x9) and see if they add up to the total calories listed.

There are so many points at which errors can creep in.
Don’t get me wrong.. I’m not saying they need to be more accurate I am saying you should put less emphasis on the numbers.

Basal metabolic rate calculations are estimates.

Maintenance calorie calculations are estimates.

Energy Expenditure trackers – heart rate monitors, step count, activity monitors..yup estimates.

Food tacking even if you’re on the high end of the anal spectrum is an estimate..

Calories (consumed and expended) count even if you don’t count them.

These tools are useful. Especially for accountability but don’t place too much value on them. They should be used as a starting point, an adherence tool and a way to monitor adaptations to dieting such as reduced activity levels.

PS: How you eat indicates if you need to or would benefit from tracking food intake..

If you have body composition goals but also want to eat out a lot, have a varied diet and don’t want to pre prepare meals you’re going to need to track your intake or at least play close attention to what is in your meals.

If you’re more consistent with what you eat on a daily basis then there is little need to track.

So you’re saying if I am basically sticking to a meal plan then I don’t need to track calories?

Yes.. thank you captain obvious.

One caveat is that portion sizes can creep up (or down) so you may want to check yo self every so often.