The concept of losing weight is pretty simple. Burn more calories than you put in. The problem with the simplicity of this, is that most people really don’t know exactly how much their taking in…so, we guess. “Sandwich; that doesn’t seem so bad, I’m going to say 250 calories.”
Caloriecount.about.com has become my new site of choice for weight loss. You think you have an idea of how many calories you eat in a day, but until you really log everything you eat, you have no clue! This site is incredible. The database of food in amazing. Here’s how it works:
- Your initial profile questions asks you how tall you are, what you weigh, what kind of lifestyle you have (as far as exercise and movement), and what goals you have.
- The site will calculate how long it will take you to reach your goal, as well as tell you the amount of calories a person with your same stats should be eating in order to lose weight in a healthy manner.
- It figures in your lifestyle into your “outgoing” calories. If you do any other exercise during a particular day, you enter it in your log.
- Every day, you enter what you eat and it will log your calories in vs. your calories out. Your goal is to stay at the amount of calories recommended in order to meet your weight loss goal.
Again, the concept of keeping track of what goes in seems easy. And with this site, it really is. You HAVE to be dedicated in entering your food though and you have to get servings correct. These are crucial for accurate numbers.
Along with tracking your calories, there are forums and a buddy system so you can have some online motivation and use the site with friends and family. Try it for just one week, it will change your eating habits and you’ll be glad when it does.