For instance, yesterday was my 34th birthday and I admittedly overdid it a bit. But, I tracked all the food choices in MyFitnessPal so I know how many calories I consumed. But MFP is day by day. So those calories were consumed yesterday and today I get to wake up with a clean slate. I still ate those calories, of course, so they can still have the potential to come back to bite me in the ass when I weigh in next week, but they don’t alter how many calories I have available the rest of the week.
With Weight Watchers, those extra calories would have made a dent in my 49 Weekly Points. Which, depending on the kind of week and mood I’m in, can be a bad thing because suddenly I’m two days into the week and completely out of Weekly Points and OHSHIT OHSHIT OHSHIT HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE THE REST OF THE WEEK?
That said, sometimes coming close to eating all 49 points helps keep me in check the rest of the week. Calorie counting doesn’t offer that same accountability. Like I said, pros and cons to each. I guess part of taking a more long term view is recognizing that it’s okay to not rely on one method 100% of the time.