How to Count Calories | GettingFit

Can eating Twinkies help you look more like that model?

Maybe.

On a very basic level, losing weight is a matter of math. It is done one of three ways. By:

Reducing the amount of calories you eat each day.

By increasing the amount of activity (exercise) you do each day.

Or by doing both.

In fact, a professor at Kansas State University recently proved this equation by going on a Twinkie diet. . He did this by identifying the amount of calories he was consuming each day as an overweight man, and then reduced the amount of calories he ate each day (going from 2,600 to 1,800 during the diet.) His point was that even if you eat junk food, you will lose weight if you reduce your total daily caloric intake. A fascinating little study and one that should make you stop and think if you are attempting to lose weight.

Am I advocating eating only Twinkies to lose weight? Nope, but what a delicious idea. I am saying though, that you have to understand how many calories you are eating a day. Most people have no idea how many calories are in the foods they eat. In fact, many nutritionistshavecriticised

requiring major restaurants and fast food chains to post the calorie counts of their meals because it wouldn’t mean anything to people.

Have you seen any of the images from the state of Georgia’s new anti-obesity campaign? It is targeting childhood obesity. Georgia found that 75% of parents with obese children didn’t recognize it as a problem. Their

is aggressive and meant to make people take notice of the obesity epidemic in their state.

This idea that people don’t recognize the problem is linked to the idea that they have no idea how many calories they are eating daily, how many calories they should be eating daily, or how many calories are in the food they eat.

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So the point of all of this? Learn how to count calories. Nowadays it is much easier to do than before because there a ton of free websites that will do the math for you. You enter the food you eat each day and POOF a lovely little pie chart shows up that will tell you how much you’ve eaten and how it breaks down into protein, fats, and carbohydrates.

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Want to try it? Several of my friends will be counting their calories for a week starting this Monday (January 30th.) Join us! You can friend me on MyFitnessPal at (It’s free ­čÖé

Invest in yourself for a week and get an idea for where your calories are going. I promise it will be informative and could help you to make the next step in getting and staying fit.

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