Calorie counting often occurs within diet plans and regimes. It involves recording and keeping track of the number of calories you consume in a single day and determining an appropriate, or inappropriate amount of calories to ingest.
In a broad perspective, calories counting seems like an effective means of regulating dietary intake. Perhaps for some persons, it serves as a reliable way to lose or maintain weight, but many eating disorder survivors are likely to agree that it is one of the most dangerous things you can do in both a mental and physical sense.
Many people begin counting calories when dealing with Anorexia and Bulimia, and are not able to stop doing so even after recovery.
If there is one thing I wish I, and likely other survivors, could change in regards to eating disorder history, we would go back in time and stop ourselves from engaging in the process of recording calories. Eating disorders are incredibly powerful psychological disorders, with Anorexia Nervosa having the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness (including depression). After conducting thorough research on this type of mental illness, it is evident that counting calories are the one thing victims of eating disorders have tremendous difficulty with in regards to ending this behavior.
Eating habits can become normalized once someone enters recovery from an eating disorder, however, for many survivors, calorie counting habits are still prevalent in their everyday life. If you ever encounter an individual who is dangerously counting calories for the sake of a diet plan, please urge them to stop doing so in an attempt to spare them from this relentless habit.