So why do I think there is a role for analytic calorie tracking when I just said that calorie restriction fails almost 100% of the time?
Because continuing to remind oneself that food is food by virtue of its unique macronutrient composition and caloric value is helpful in remembering that food is not love. Food is not extra time before a deadline. Food is not stress relief. Food does not fix bad relationships. Food does not fix your crappy job.
Food is food and your body needs a certain amount every day. Beyond that, eating is something else: culture, community, numbing, loving, nurturing, staying awake at night to treat people in the emergency room, surviving a natural disaster or just a tonic for mediocrity.
It is ok to remind each other of this without falling in line with the disastrous cult of personal responsibility from which fatphobia and fat-shaming emerged. I think I can be body positive and also calorically-aware. I don't see those as contradictory things which is why I am ok with the idea of a daily calorie bank as long as my sense of self-worth is independent of said bank. Read More