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Calories: Add them up or count them down?

I have a problem with open-ended things.

Say, for example, you want to stick to a 1,500-1,600 calorie diet. You write things down as the day goes along, adding up the calories as you go. You get to dinner, write it down, add it up and -- poof! -- you're 100 calories over.

Happens to me all the time.

So I wondered: Am I doing it wrong?

I mentioned this to my Diet Shrink this week and asked her if perhaps I should turn the calorie count upside down and count the calories down instead of up.

Lose_it She has been using Lose It, the phone app that lets you keep track of calories and exercise. She mentioned that it works the "top down" way -- you start with your allotted calories and count down as the day goes on, getting to zero.

And who am I go argue with her? She is very close to losing 100 pounds, so her plan is obviously working.

Since I got my nifty Android phone from HTC at the BlogHer conference, I downloaded the free app and have been able to track my calorie countdown.

I'm still writing everything down in my Fitbook as well, because it's become a kind of weight-loss security blanket, and I don't have to worry about a dead phone battery.

And in tribute to counting down my calories, I bring you ...


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