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Think Of Your Calories As A Budget



The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.

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  • It's great to hear that other people think this way. I've thought of my calories as "money" since I started my weight loss journey. My husband looks at me funny when I say, "I can't afford that, so I'm not going to eat it." It works just like a household budget! - by WILDBUTTERFLY77
  • I think of it get way too. I also went through a time if trying to "pay ahead" by exercising. So if I "earned" 100 calories on the treadmill, that was worth 200 calories that I could have at the next meal. I think it really boosted my metabolism and helped with the calorie budget mindset. It could get a little obsessive-compulsive feeling but if you are in control, it's ok. - by FIT4LIFEMOMMY
  • this is a great idea thank you. emoticon - by UNPREDICTABLYME
  • Good way to look at it! emoticon - by SUSIEMT
  • emoticon emoticon emoticon - by KHALIA2
  • Good idea! - by MAIZIEPAIGE
  • emoticon emoticon for sharing! emoticon - by VALLEYGIRLSPAGE
  • I love the idea of not 'overspending' my calories, same idea applies to my money. Thank you! - by GLORYB83
  • That's exactly what I do! Same question too. Can I afford it? Yay for the budget! - by JENARUL
  • This is great information. I understand what you are saying. - by GAL2202
  • I've started thinking this way ever since I started tracking my food here on SparkPeople and seeing how much I have left until the end of the day. Someone once brought in some birthday cake and I thought, nah, I'd rather save my calories to eat something that's worth it. - by MIRJIYUMMY
  • It is a good idea to think of calories as a budget, so I will try this to see if I can stay within my budget. - by SHARONKHARTER
    With the holidays coming up, I'm going to try this idea. Will have some intense "budgeting" to do around Thanksgiving! LOL emoticon - by NEFLBEE
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    What a great way to look at things. I am a penny pincher so this would really help me stay on track. - by CD17245369
  • This is a smart idea. - by GAL2202
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    Great idea! - by CD16571910
  • I was just telling some of my family members the same thing; think of calories as money and like you only have so much to spend! :) - by RISINGBLUESTAR
  • I like this and will try this out! Thanks! - by 1965KAREN
  • What I do when I run out of calories , is remind myself that tomorrow I get a whole new amount. It helps to know I can have the item I want then, I don"t feel deprived.I also can walk away knowing today was a success. - by CINDA11
  • I also try deciding whether the calories are worth it. If a wonderful dessert has been made I often decide having a small piece is worth the calorie cost. However if someone has made something I don't like that much (like cheesecake), I insist that I am full. emoticon - by 50PLUSYOUNG
  • I do this, too. I think that is one reason the SparkPeople program is so effective. It is about having a lifestyle that I can live with for life. - by GRATEFUL_DAWN
  • This is a wonderful idea. I shall try doing the same thing.
  • A creative thought to follow and I will do so. emoticon
  • this is so true, when i was in europe for a back packing trip. I started to eat less because I was in a tight budget as a result i lost 5 pounds in 30days (: - by SMILEYCSULB
  • The daily "budget" of calories has worked for me. I try to use less of my "budget" at breakfast (note: before SparkPeople I never ate breakfast) and lunch. That allows me to have most of my "budget" left at the end of the day and I do not fell deprived. The only thing I would add is to make sure you track your food on SparkPeople so you can balance the nutrients that comprise your "budget" for overall good health. - by TWOFIFTY190
    I have been trying to use this ideal. It has really helped me. It makes me think twice about eating junk food and sodas. - by CHANELSLEDGE
  • I now think of my calories as money, and I also save money on top of it by packing my lunch instead of ordering out with the co-workers. I put the extra monies in a jar then at the end of the month I am going to use it to give myself a treat, be it new sneakers, massage, etc. for sticking to living healthier. emoticon - by BEACHBLOSSOM
  • I try to employ this everyday now that I have started the Spark life change, once I reach my daily goal of calories I will hold off. At first it was much harder but now I've learnt to space my food out better so that I finish the day on my target rather than finishing mid afternoon and being hungry about dinner time. - by WAKEUPSAM
  • Great idea! - by CAROLYN0107
  • I never thought of it that way - by POLYANASUNSHINE
  • I really like that! - by MOMMYOF_6
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    i do i think of my calories as money and i only have this much to spend in a day... that way i stay on track - by CD6181505

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