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.
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 ...
And check out this far more useful video!
It's this week's HealthBuzz from Dietsinreview.com: