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Counting Calories To Lose Weight? You Need This Information!

Jun 11, 2008
Counting Calories, it makes sense right? But how come it doesn't work? It's always been a mystery among a lot of people who are struggling to lose weight. Me and my mom used to be one of them too. This diet used to be so popular for the last two decades. And even Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are kind of a spin-offs from the counting calories method.

Went I tried this diet, I was at my heaviest at 180 lbs. After reading a lot of books about calorie-counting, I became very careful with my eating. For example I would eat an orange with a small bowl of cereal for my breakfast. And in the afternoon, I would totally panick. How much is 200 of lean meat? Or a small portion of fish? What about a small cookie made of vegetable oil instead of shortening? I was so confused! So I ended up measuring the food with my own standards. The results of counting calories to lose weight was simply disastrous.

Nowadays, we all lead such busy lives and we simply do not have time for this method of dieting. I would say the majority of people simply give up on this diet because of it's complexity and the work required to it to work effectively. This method of dieting is simply not for me. I want a diet that is simple to follow and understand.

Unless you are a nutritionist, counting calories to lose weight is quite difficult to implement correctly. If however, you still decide to go this route. I do suggest you to read a few books about the nutritional value of different food before you start. And remember to always bring along your small calorie counter booklet whenever you go. Keeping a food diary is also a good idea to see what exactly you have eaten each day. Dishes served in restaurants are often 2 to 3 times the size of what you need to eat. That is why Cooking at home helps because then you have the exact portion control and would not overeat like when you dine out.
About the Author
Linda Hayes is a certified nurse and was overweight for the past 26 years. She lost 40 lbs two years ago and has since helped more than 700 people to lose weight successfully.
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