calorie counts

Counting Calories

If there is one thing that you will want to learn about if you are watching your weight is how to count your calories. No matter what is out there for fat diets and the latest in weight loss trends, learning all about how calories work and the caloric content for a variety of foods will help you to have a better understanding of what you are taking in. If you have been told that you would do well on a lower calorie diet, it is going to be in your best interest to learn all about this process and what you should be eating on a daily basis.

A traditional low calorie diet will usually consist of a level between 800 to 1,500 calories to be taken in per day. For some people looking to lose weight, this can be a good choice for a VLCD, otherwise known as a very low calorie diet. However, it is best that you realize that a very low calorie diet is not something that is good or safe for everyone. If you are thinking of taking on a VLCD, it is a good idea to talk with your physician to discuss your needs and whether or not this is a path that is a healthy decision.

While you are on a low calorie diet, it is very important that you are able to get a good balance of foods from all of the different food groups. If you are on a diet that consists of only an 800 calorie intake, you may find that it will be difficult to get all of the different food groups in. This will mean talking to a dietician and keeping a detailed food journal so that you can keep track of all of your nutritional needs to remain on the safe side. You may also find it useful to obtain a small weighing scale for weighing your food. I once thought I would NEVER do that but have found that it gives me an understanding of how many calories are in different amounts of food. You may be amazed by which foods you can eat more of and which you should cut down on.

Weight gain is something that takes place when we start to take in more calories than we are able to burn. When you cut down on your calories and take the initiative to exercise accordingly, you are going to notice a change in the amount of weight that you will lose. Look for foods that are low in calories, yet high in fiber. The fiber will work to help make you feel fuller a lot longer and you will be able to avoid snacking in between your meals. The fiber is also great for kickstarting your digestive system as you are dieting.

Some of the foods that you can look into eating on your low calorie diet include carrots, apples, garlic, spinach, nuts, whole grain cereals, yogurt, tomatoes, eggs and more. As long as you work to put together a smart diet that is filled with nutritious choices, you are going to be able to stay well within your guidelines and get great results. Keep in mind, this is a way to get on track for healthy eating and a VLCD should only be done in moderation so that you are able to stay healthy and get the nutrition that you need.

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