My answer to the above question is quite simple: No, you don’t need to do anything. But if you want to have a greater understanding of nutrition and weight loss/gain, counting calories will help you get there.
*Note: If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do so here.
Let me tell you a story.
I walk into a ballet class filled with normal, healthy-sized individuals.
As a person who is obsessed with being skinny, a voice in my head says, “Congratulations! You are the thinnest person in this class! You can feel confident and proud of your achievement!”
Almost every person I have talked to has experienced some form of disordered eating. Women, men, young, old, skinny, fat, muscular, or flabby. We all experience it to a degree. My personal experience with disordered eating came in the form of anorexia, including spending time in a hospital and many years working with a dietitian and therapist. Not everyone gets to this point, but you can still experience the behaviors and they can still affect your life.
“Can’t I eat my cinnamon rolls, workout a bit extra, and still lose weight?” My mom once asked me.
Potentially. But it most likely won’t leave you looking or feeling good.