Tip: Avoid Mistakes When Counting Calories
This is a post from our continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
Trying to eat 2,000 calories a day to lose weight? Aim for 1,800 instead.
Depending on where you read the number, experts, gurus, and quacks alike all say that we undercount calories. Meaning, I could keep track of calories (like I typically do) for the rest of the day and the number I would come up with at the end of the day would be wrong. It’d be less than what I have actually consumed, and depending on who you listen to anywhere from 10-25%.
The number of calories I count wouldn’t be wrong because of a conscious attempt to cheat, but a variety of other reasons.
While it’s hard, you can try to avoid undercounting calories by:
- Making sure your math is correct (duh!)
- Recording everything, every chip, every piece of candy, everything.
- Recording calories immediately. Don’t add from memory, you’ll forget.
- When in doubt, measure with measuring cups, particularly with liquids. I like to have orange juice every so often in the mornings and you’d be surprised how little 8 ounces really is.
- Lastly, just aiming to eat less calories. If you want to eat 2,000 calories a day to lose weight, try to eat a little less and it’ll naturally work itself out.
It may sound labor-intensive now, especially when you’re starting out, but it really isn’t that much work (especially when you can keep a running tally of calories in your head).
Once you get the hang of counting calories, it will come naturally.