Counting on Calories

Counting calories is a common method used to lose weight.

It is often a preferred weight loss option than diets that require intense cutbacks on specific foods only. However, it can be a challenge in that it relies heavily on the individual to keep track of how many calories are consumed. To lose weight, that number should be lower than the amount of calories burned.

Step 1: Determine how many calories you should be consuming every day for your age, weight and lifestyle to lose weight. Try this calculator to get an estimate of how many calories per day are right for you.

Step 2: How many calories should you be burning every day to aid in the weight loss? While calorie counting is the main method, exercising should always be included to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Step 3: Keep track. There are many different ways to track calories and workouts, especially in today’s world of smart watches and phones. You can log your food and your workouts on an app, keep a food diary, or use your fitness device to keep track of how many calories burned. The key is finding a method that works best for you and sticking to it.

Step 4: Mind what you eat. Counting calories is not only about counting them, but consuming healthy ones. Eating a pastry with the same amount of calories as a filling meal of healthy veggies and protein won’t help you in the long run. If you’re only consuming empty calories, you’ll be left feeling hungry and wanting more, which can lead to overeating.

Weight loss is a commitment and results will not show overnight. Counting calories is something that will work if you commit to your plan, exercise, and give your body the time and room it needs to adjust to a new lifestyle.

Tip: Remove easy temptations. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator and get rid of those unhealthy foods that will distract you from your weight loss goal.

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