What happens when you start counting calories?

The Unexpected Truth I Had to Confront After Counting Calories For a Month
One of the first thoughts I had after I got engaged was, "Ugh, does this mean I have to get fit?" I'm not consciously unhealthy, but as a naturally slim person, I like to trick myself into thinking I'm healthier than I am. That's why when my fiancé recommended we start using a calorie-counting app to track our diet leading up to the big day, I readily agreed.

I figured this wouldn't significantly impact my life. It did — but not in the way I anticipated.

I have some friends who would consider them to be a trigger for disordered eating habits. I've always had a healthy relationship with food, so if anything, I figured the experiment might provide some insights into the way that I eat — especially because the app I selected... gives you a breakdown of your nutrients.

What I discovered wasn't necessarily related to the types of foods I ate or how often I ate them... this calorie-counting app was staring me in the face, telling me that I would be allotted more calories if I went for a jog. I don't want to go for a damn jog. 

I don't care about having sculpted arms for my strapless wedding dress, I just don't want to atrophy. I'm starting to feel healthier (mentally as well as physically), and my world is expanding. I don't need permission to eat an extra scoop of ice cream, but sometimes it feels good to pick up a walk after a big meal. It's also kind of nice to feel the muscles working in my calves again. I knew they were still there.
Read the full article here on The Guardian by Joanna Blythman.

It's so easy to become obsessed with calorie counting apps as they start off by giving you a false sense of control.

At first you may feel like you're gaining control over your health but it soon turns around to control your living as they constrain you in to a numerical calorie "limit".
You feel defeated when you go over your allocated threshold; "I can't even control myself to stay within my calorie limit."
The app will then suggest you make up for this spill by doing some exercise to "burn it off". 

It doesn't take long for someone to build rigid food rules and exercise routines in order to constrain themselves within the calorie allocation.

By definition, calorie is "the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C"

Your body can only function if you feed them enough calories to run the numerous metabolic processes required for everyday activity. 

Calorie-counting will most often tie you down to an inadequate calorie limit for your body to function optimally.

Moreover, what about your intuitive eating skills?

If you have an app telling you "to eat this much", would you be able to mindfully tune in to your hunger and fullness cues?

Eating is a whole mind and body experience.

We can be physically full but psychologically hungry.
We can be physically hungry but mentally full.

Your energy requirement will change from day to day and your body has the ability to tell you how much food it needs even without using external quantification tools.