Just "fit day"ed my nuts for the am an it says over 800 calories. Roughly 4 servings of 3T worth of mix cashews, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries.... then I had 6 brussel sprouts and 1/2 ground beef.
I'm tracking not for the caloric intake but rather the carbs. So I should be ok for the day.... calories just thru me.
so far here is my intake for the day..... Total 1,413 fats 111.1 carbs 60.0 protein 65.3
Food for the rest of the day is planned to be 2 fried eggs with 1/2 sautéed spinach, strawberries, and steak for dinner with salad.
Daily total 2,230 F 160.3 C 73.0 P 144
My activity for today will be 1 hr of hot yoga and possibly an olympic lift. Does anyone else love this lifestyle! Enormous amounts of food and low carb!
I use FitDay to track calories when I need to lose weight. There's nothing magical about a paleo diet that lets me eat excessive amounts of food and not gain weight. Sometimes my eating pattern does change, and I start packing on the pounds. Fitday makes me reliably and systematically lose the weight, plus it resets my eating pattern for lower caloric consumption so that I can go back to eating ad libitum.
"...don't believe in calorie in/calorie out" - You are confusing ELMM (eat less, move more) with CICO (calories in, calories out). Just because you do not count calories does not mean calories do not count.
The First Law of Thermodynamics is not just a good idea, it's the Law! For more, please see the following - http://paleohacks.com/questions/33298/calorie-in-calories-out/33303#33303
I track calories intermittently, in order to make sure that my "gut feel" of how many calories and where I'm getting them from, is on track and accurate.
A couple of times after not tracking for a while, a week's tracking gives me the huge "uh-huh" moment of "so that's where I've been going wrong!" followed by the obligatory face-palm.
In general I try to eat quality and focus on my feelings of hunger/fulness - but it's nice to vindicate those now and again with some data...or get a gentle reminder that my "gut" leads me astray sometimes.
I also track certain large cook-ups. EG I threw together a big stew of beef, sweet potatoes and veggies on Monday and it was good to get an idea of the total calories as a guide as to whether I should portion into 5, 6 or 7 meals...which can make quite a difference.
I track my calories-in (but not my calories-out).
I have a nice little app on my phone that makes it easy.
I use it to keep an eye on my average daily calories over time (as well as my macronutient ratio). If i need to reduce or increase my lean weight, i will make a conscious adjustment in my calorie intake.
So, i guess that makes me a believer in calories-in/calories-out.
Another thing i may have observed in myself, is that a macronutrient ratio change may require an adjustment in calories. ie. If i up my fat intake percent i may need to reduce my total calorie intake a bit to prevent gaining body fat. I'm not 100% sure of this yet, i would need to test further on myself to correlate.
Edit: just read a related article here http://freetheanimal.com/2012/02/synthesis-low-carb-and-food-rewardpalatability-and-why-calories-count.html
entitled "Low-Carb and Food Reward/Palatability, and Why Calories Count"
It talks a bit about why people who are trying to lose weight are initially successful on a low carb paleo diet, then stall (plateau) after a while.
I log mine, I've found that calories aren't that important, but calories do matter (just to a lesser extent than CW determines). I've lost weight on as much as 3500 quality calories per day, but it is more effective at 2100-2200 quality calories per day.
And I log pretty much everything.
I still track sometimes, but not for calories...for nutrients. Days I fee compelled to eat 'weird' I track to see what vitamins or minerals I was craving, so I can better identify that specific 'I want...something...' feeling next time and address it more directly. And days I feel I ate totally normally I also occasionally check to see if my normal really does cover all the bases.
If I track anything, it's the number of grams of protein I'm eating. That drives the whole thing for me, because I eat the amount of fat that makes the meat and vegetables taste great.
Based on my favorite food choices, I know I won't go extremely low or high on carbs, so it's about protein and the fat that naturally follows the protein.
I'm a former binge-eater, so yes, I track my numbers -- calories, protein, carbs, fat, the works.
I have tried not to, but every time I attempt to cease, my brain thinks, "Yay! Food free-for-all!" and I'll eat well beyond satiety. My hunger/fullness signals are completely wonky, but tracking allows me to see that yes, I have eaten a normal amount of food and allows for me to pause and wait for the "I'm quite satisfied now, thank you," message to be delivered to my brain.
I'm also monitoring my carbohydrates in order to repair my menstrual cycle, as I am now convinced that my excessive mittelschmerz (okay, I confess, I just wanted to use the word "mittelschmerz" in a sentence there) and other mid-cycle woes are related to my carbohydrate intake. Again, without tracking, my brain will be like, "Z0mg! Dark chocolate! Bananas! Must. Have. Moar!"
Also, whenever I /think/ I've overeaten, I panic, and will actually commence an overeating fest in response to that anxiety. It's silly and absurd, and I have no idea why (probably some deep-seated issues not unrelated to my former binge tendencies) so having a compilation of numbers that permit me to acknowledge that I did not overeat makes me feel "safe" and thus staves off any subsequent self-destructive binges.
Plus! Numbers are fun! Huzzah for nerdiness! :D