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How to Calculate Calories

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Anyone of almost any age can calculate calories.

It's a simple matter of addition. However, for many, counting calories in the daily diet can prove to be too time consuming and too much of a bother.

The good news is that counting calories can assist the dieter greatly in their weight loss plan.

The numbers can let them know if they've eaten too few calories, which in turn can serve to slow down the metabolism, and the numbers can also let them know that they have consumed a sufficient amount of calories for the day - thereby signaling 'it's time to stop eating and drinking for the day'.

Counting calories can ensure that the dieter achieves permanent weight loss.

And when everything is said and done, calories govern weight.

How To Easily Calculate Calories in Foods & Beverages

If you've never counted calories before, you'll be up and running before you know it. With a little time and effort, you'll know the approximate number of calories in most foods.

Here are a few tips to help get you started on your 'weigh' to permanent weight loss by using the Calorie Counting Method for Weight Loss:

- check labels for calorie content

- know how many calories your body needs each day; this link can assist: Calorie Needs

- base your calorie needs on your recommended weight; this link can assist: Recommended Weight Charts Based on Height

- when dining out, request a nutritional guide which lists the calorie content of the menu items

- when making recipes at home, add up the calories of all the ingredients then divide by the number of servings yielded

- purchase a quick calorie guide (for quick calories references purposes!)

Although keeping calories is key in managing weight, as well as in losing weight, keep a wise eye on the fat content, cholesterol content, sugar content and sodium content of the foods you choose to insert into your daily diet plan for optimum health.

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