Episode 35: The Ins and Outs Of Tracking Your Diet

Thanks for joining us for episode 35 of The Ancestral RD podcast. If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode! Remember, please send us your question if you’d like us to answer it on the show!

Have you ever wondered if tracking your food intake would help you reach your health goals? Are you struggling with the symptoms of inadequate food intake, such as:

  • Stalled weight loss
  • Hormonal issues
  • Infertility
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Poor energy or brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia or sleep disturbances
  • Constipation
  • Low body temperature
  • Hair loss

If so, you’ll want to listen to our episode today. In it, we explain not only why you might want to track your food intake for a while, but how to do it as well. This is a process we teach many of our clients, so be sure to take notes for this episode!

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Here’s what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode:

  1. How tracking can be helpful for people who are concerned about over OR under eating
  2. The symptoms of undereating that can be improved using tracking
  3. Why you might need to be cautious when deciding whether to track food intake or not
  4. The best tools for establishing and tracking a healthy calorie and macronutrient intake

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  1. Anna says

    Thanks for the great episode Laura and Kelsey! I have what I feel is a bit of a silly question but I’m a bit confused – if I plug in my current weight, height, activity levels, etc. into your estimated calorie requirements calculator, is the number it comes out with what I need to just maintain my current body weight? And if I’m eating less than what the website suggests, will that lead to weight loss?

    • says

      Not silly at all Anna! The number provided is intended to be a maintenance calorie level, and if you are trying to lose weight, then reducing that goal by 10-20% is appropriate. For example, if it said that your needs were 2000 calories per day, then for weight loss an intake of 1600-1800 per day would be appropriate. Hope that helps!


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