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Why you should count colours not calories

Updated: May 3, 2023

If you are a woman who has at some point been unhappy with her weight, the chances are you have at some point counted calories as a way to lose weight. Chronic positive energy balance results in fat increase and weight gain. Eating less calories than you actually use puts you in a calorie deficit and therefore sets you up for weight loss. However, Calorie tracking is increasingly being associated with eating concern, dietary restraint and disordered eating patterns. Those using a calorie tracking app for weight-control were more likely to report that the app had contributed to a number of eating disorder symptoms (i.e., food preoccupation, all-or-none thinking around food, food anxiety) than those using an app for disease prevention reasons.

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