Monitoring Calories For Weight Loss

Calorie counting! Something no one wants to do but is often a necessary evil for those who are serious about wanting to lose weight and keep it off.

Keeping Track

Monitoring Calories For Weight Loss

To lose weight, we have to burn more calories than we take into our bodies every day. That means changing our eating habits. The only way truly to know what we put into our bodies is to keep track of what we eat. This tracking includes being honest and acknowledging everything we eat and drink without cheating (which means even those bites you took to make sure the food tasted right while cooking or the half of soda or juice you drank at break time). When you cheat, you only cheat yourself, no one else.

Keeping track of eating and drinking can be as simple as carrying around a notebook and making notes of everything you eat. Free and paid electronic options abound as well that include websites setup with calories trackers and apps for smartphones. The electronics options also have the advantage of adding up your calories for you and many track fat, sodium and sugar intake as well. However, you want to keep track it up to you. The important is that you do it, not how you do it.

Many of us don’t realize the amount of calories we intake every day until we do keep a food diary for a while. It might seem like a waste of time when you first start tracking but you’ll soon realize the value of calorie tracking when you see the extra calories you didn’t even remember eating or drinking.

Working with Experts

Talking to a food nutritionist is also a great way to learn about calorie counting and ways of eating better for reducing the amount of food consumption in our diets. Most nutritionists will recommend the food diary for tracking food for a few weeks before making recommendations of changes in your diet. This gives the nutritionist a chance to see how you are eating and what needs to change for you to have a better diet.

Another advantage to knowing your calorie intake is when working out. Hiring a personal trainer (even if it’s just for a few sessions) is a great way to get help with burning more calories than you take in. If you’ve been tracking your food intake, the trainer can tailor a training regimen that will help you achieve your goals. If the trainer is not an option, online research will show you exercise moves that burn the most fat calories.

Easy Ways to Reduce Calories

One easy way for reducing calorie intake is to switch most of your drinks to water (not the flavored bottled waters, just plain water!). Drinking sodas and alcohol is one of the leading sources of empty calories for many people. Juice, while healthy, is another one because juice condenses the amounts of calories and sugars into the drink. Switch to plain healthy water and see a big calorie reduction in your diet.

Another is to eat whole foods. Whole foods often make the stomach fill full quicker and you actually burn more calories digesting them because they aren’t already partially broken down because of processing.  The body has to work harder to break them down. The more processed your food, the less work the body has to do and often times the processed food contains many more calories than the whole food.

Monitoring your calorie intake is a great tool and method for sound weight loss. You might think calorie counting is a drag at first, but once the weight starts coming off you’ll soon realize the benefits of knowing what you eat.

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