Health and Fitness

How To Lose Weight The Smart Way- Counting Calories

I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I was never a “Fat” child and I wasn’t picked on for my weight, but I was always “Big-Boned” and somewhat self-conscious because I was bigger than most of my friends throughout childhood. It wasn’t until I reached high school that I decided I should take action and do something about my diet. I read a tip for dieting somewhere that said counting calories was one of the best ways to lose weight. If you write down what you eat, you are more aware of exactly what you are putting into your body each day- and this really does keep you from snacking on an extra piece of chocolate or grabbing a dollar cheeseburger while you’re out running errands. Here are some tips for how to lose weight the smart way- by counting calories:

Tip for Counting Calorie Diet #1- Make a chart that contains all 7 days of the week and leave room for your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. You can make this chart on paper, or in Microsoft Word or Excel, or even with an app on your phone such as my fitness pal. For my diet, I just made a table in word and added all of the appropriate fields. 

Tip for Counting Calorie Diet #2- Start a Weight Loss Diet Diary. I just recently did this and it has been great for me. Every day I write down a few thoughts about my diet, or my day in general- I write about the exercises I do, or how I feel, and every day I add the following: My Goal Calories/Day, My Calorie Intake for that day, My Morning Weight, My Night Weight, My Workout, and My Favorite Snack from that day. I like writing these things down every day because they help keep me focused and on the right path to lose weight. Just like the best weight loss clinic, it helps me become more motivated and it gives me more inspiration to really work hard and achieve my main goal – weight loss. 

Tip for Counting Calorie Diet #3- Write EVERYTHING down! The way that counting calories works as a weight loss diet is if you write everything down. This means everything that you eat- if you splurge and take one bite of chocolate cake, write that down too. Writing it down isn’t meant to make you feel guilty about what you eat- it’s supposed to help you keep track of how many calories you consumed so that you know how many calories you need to burn to lose weight. Writing things down also keeps you from indulging in bad snacks.

Tip for Counting Calorie Diet #4- Use a Calorie calculator to figure out how many calories your body should take in daily to maintain weight, and to lose weight. Calorie calculators take in factors like your height, weight, age, and activity level.

Tip for Counting Calorie Diet #5- Don’t starve yourself. A weight loss diet is just that- a diet- and it means cutting back and eating healthier to lose weight, but it doesn’t mean just not eating, or eating way less than your body needs daily. A common misperception is that in order to lose weight you have to cut back dramatically almost to the point of being famished but that just isn’t true. When you are counting calories you can honestly eat whatever you want-you just need to be smart about it. If you’re craving that dollar cheeseburger, then go get it- but just write it down and count it in your daily calories so that maybe you will eat a healthier snack later.