How to Count Calories
There’s no one magic way to take back control of your diet. Some count calories, some count macros, and some weigh their food. Some people know food so intimately they can tell you how many calories are in a 6 oz chicken breast and carrots with spray butter. They are like the Rainman of calorie counting.
And….while it seems tedious, it gives you great insight into your eating habits and what you might need to change to lose weight.
Counting Calories Makes you Aware of What You’re Eating
Counting calories makes you aware of what you’re eating—and it makes you accountable. When you have to tally up that 400 calorie ‘snack’ or input that 1,000 calorie salad, you might start making smarter choices.
But, more importantly—you might not have known how many calories was in that Quesadilla Explosion salad from Chili’s. 1,430. Its 1,430 calories! In a salad!
So you might be asking yourself —how would I even know that? Well, that’s another great benefit of counting calories.
Counting Calories Forces You to Find out How Many Calories are In Your Food
Like you just realized, not everything has a package on it with calories. Some fast food restaurants have started adding calorie totals on their order boards, but not everyone has it. So, if you are out and about—how do you count calories?
Easy: first—there are TONS of apps out there you can put on your phone. Type in calorie counting apps and you’ll find some. You can also search the internet from your phone and you’ll find a lot of restaurants have their menus online so you can count calories.
All other foods should have totals on it.
But…you might be wondering if you should carry a note pad around with you to tally up the totals.
Um….no, child. It’s not 1974.
Count Calories More Easily with a Tracking App
Along with those apps you can find to help count calories, there are apps you can actually enter your daily nutrition along with exercise and steps.
Some people get them with tracking watches like Apple or Samsung, others get them with equipment they buy, like iFit.
These little gems make counting calories simpler because they have a database of food with serving size and calorie totals.
Plus, you can set goals such as ‘lose weight’ and it will set a daily caloric total for you. So, if you’re walking or input your gym time, it lets you know how many more calories you have left after adding the food you ate, and subtracting the calories you burned while creating a caloric deficit.
Counting Calories Gives You Control
When you start counting calories, you’ll have more control of your results. No matter what you do, you cannot out-train a bad diet. You may think “I just can’t lose weight!” but in reality you might just need to make better choices…and that’s hard to determine if you don’t know how many calories you’re really eating.
I mean, you know how easy it is to eat 1,000 calories? You will, when you start counting calories.
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In closing, we know it’s tough to lose weight. But losing weight can improve health and make you feel like you again. It can make you feel good in those jeans. It can make you feel confidence again. It can make you feel like you’re enjoying life again. And those feelings —are worth it. You’re worth it. So keep doing what you’re doing.
Now, go grab a calculator and count some calories. Taking back control looks good on you.