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How to Calculate My Daily Calories

April 15, 2011 Print This ArticleShare

Author: Michael Greeves

Counting calories is one of the most basic things a person needs to do if they are trying to lose, maintain or gain weight. The math is simple if you are trying to lose weight than you need to take in less calories then you use every day. If you are trying to gain weight then you need to take in more calories that you lose every day. To maintain weight your diet and nutrition plan must be set up to take in and use the same amounts of calories.

There are many ways that I use to count my calories to calculate my daily intact. Thanks to government regulations all food sold has the diet and nutrition information on the label. To calculate the calories in a meal I simply need to know how much of each item I ate, look at the label on the food and add up the calories. For days where I eat out I have found that most restaurants have a website that lists the calories and other nutrition information.

I also find it helpful to carry around with me a daily food log that makes it easy to write down what I eat and add up all the calories I consumed for that day. This is a great way to make sure I calculate my daily calories correctly.

Another way to understand how to calculate my daily calories correctly is to use one of the on-line food logs that some companies offer these days. Many gyms offer these web programs free with a paid membership to the gym. Some of higher-end gyms even offer programs that allow a person to build their own diet and nutrition plan depending on what they are trying to do with their body. Many of these sites offer recipes and cooking tips.

Counting calories has gotten even easier for people who own smart phones. Depending on which smart phone you have there are plenty of apps available that will help you count calories and even make specific diet and nutrition recommendations. If your smart phone is equipped with a scanner many of the programs allow you to scan the bar code of the product. After scanning the barcode the app will ask you how much you ate and then add it to your calorie amount for the day. Most of these apps have restaurant food entered into their system.

When I think about how to calculate my daily calories while keeping track of all my diet and nutrition needs I understand that it is essential to get it correct. It seems like a lot of work, but in order to maintain, lose or gain weight a person must understand exactly what they are eating. Too many or two few calories can wreak havoc on any plan.

At the beginning of any diet and nutrition plan it is a good idea to weigh out or measure your food which makes sure you are counting your calories properly. After a few weeks of measuring your food you will be able to eyeball the food and know how much you are eating. This will help when you are eating outside your home.


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