How to Count Calories

43 Responses

  1. Alain says:

    Hey Tyler,

    this is Alain.

    I really liked what you had to say.

    I really look forward to learning more from your articles.

    Would you mind if I mention your blog on my blog?

  2. Allison says:

    good sound advice that works! Thanks Tyler!

  3. Sheila says:

    Thanks Tyler, that was a great article. I did awful last week during Christmas, but I’m back on track now. I also think that is a great, quick website for finding the calorie amounts in food as well. I use that one a lot at work.

  4. AFG says:

    Great post. It does come down to math. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  5. Joy says:

    Hey Tyler! Happy New Year. I hope you and your family have had a lovely start to 2011. This is another terrific post, but I just want to mention something. I think when you say, “eating less than you need” you mean “eating less than you need to maintain your current weight.” In weight loss, you shouldn’t really be depriving yourself of what you need to be healthy and energetic. I know you know that, but I just wanted to throw that out there because I bet a lot of new people are finding your blog today. You know the struggles that I have had, and in 2010 I am excited to tell you I’ve actually lost the weight that has been bothering me for years. And of course, reading your blog was a daily inspiration! Here’s to happiness and healthy in 2011.

  6. Ken Montville says:

    This is a real eye opener for me. I was all gung ho to go to the gym when I found out I had a torn meniscus (some weird thing in my left knee that’ll need medical attention). The doc says upper body stuff is ok but I really have no idea where to start with that.

    Just paying attention to what I eat is an important “ah ha” since that is pretty much what I’m going to have to do until I can get back to 100% again.

  7. dan says:

    Thanks Tyler i think i have decided on a 2400 cal target for me and see how it goes then lower it from there if i have to. going to see about 90mins – 2 hours a day at the gym 6-7 days a week on days not at the gym i plan to walk or ride a bike i need to lose about 60 more pounds by mid june so my job is cut out for me its going to be a battle and i plan on winning it


  8. Lizz says:

    Tyler, thank you for posting this.

    I checked out and i have switched. I was on fatsecret but I definitely like MFP much better.

    I love reading your posts with hopes of losing weight one day. I have every excuse in the book, but they don’t prevent me from trying.. they just end up beating me at my plan. LOL I’m hoping once i have this baby (due 1/9/11) I’ll be able to do something and stick to it.

    I started printing your posts (for personal use only) keeping them in a binder with my weight loss journal of my own so that when I need a quick pick me up or reference I have it right here in front of me. I work better with paper visuals.

    Thanks again Tyler.

  9. Rob McCance says:

    Excellent post Tyler.

    It’s all physics. Eat less than you burn and it has to come from somewhere.

    Good luck with your goals in 2011. I’m going to try to drop my 15 I think.

    Thanks for your site!

  10. Mary Donnery says:

    Hi Tyler,
    Just read your problogger post…congrats on your success!:)

  11. Ron says:

    Thanks for the inspiration Tyler!

  12. Tony says:

    Hey, this should be tagged under “Weight Loss Tips”, don’t you think? It’s sort of the grandaddy of weight loss tips, so much so that I guess it goes beyond a “tip”, but if I were new to the site, I’d want to read it along with the other tips, don’t you think?

    Keep up the good work. I’ve lost 125 pounds so far (roughly 15-20 pounds more to go), and haven’t felt better in my whole life (I’m 43). Have been enthusiastically reading your blog since I started losing (for the 3rd time in 17 years, finally getting it right this time!) in March.


  13. Christin says:

    Hi Tyler,
    This is my first time on your blog! I saw your guest post on Darren’s blog and had to come see. Good for you and thank you for sharing your info and your story with the rest of us!

    I just delivered my 5th baby in August, 2010, and while I’m not overweight, I am definitely carrying more baby weight than I’m comfortable with, so my goal is to lose 15-20lbs. I was never sure how to go about doing it, but I think you just convinced me!

    And, my husband told me of a news story he read just a few weeks ago of a guy who went on a Twinkie “diet”. He counted calories, ate only Twinkies, and lost weight!

  14. The timing of your guest post on Problogger and my reading it and finding my way here is incredible. Yesterday, I made a commitment to myself that this is the year I remove the 150 pounds I put on in the last 5 years, and I’ve been running through all the things I know how to do with regard to removing pounds–food combining, types of food, counting calories, exercise, etc–and thinking about what I need to do, and then I find this, and it’s like the universe is speaking to me and giving me the answer I need. So I THANK YOU for sharing your story. So glad I found you. 🙂

  15. Twinkies! My kind of diet. Do you think I could substitute chocolate chip cookies?

  16. Christin says:

    Yes, you probably could, but I don’t recommend it. LOL While you may lose weight by counting calories, you’ll also lose energy on a stictly choc. chip cookie diet.

    I just wanted to drive Tyler’s point home with that bit of news. 🙂

  17. Christin says:

    *strictly – sorry.

  18. Laurinda says:

    I saw your guest post on I love your blog. I’ve been losing weight with a doctor’s help (no medication) but I feel so deprived. I got a ways to go before getting to my ideal weight. I’m looking forward to reading your blog.

  19. Carol says:

    Wow! Cngrats on all your hard work – awesome success! Best info I’ve seen on losing weight! Will try your technique.

  20. Wonderful guest post you gave on ProBlogger! It’s quite refreshing to see such motivation and dedication – especially today with so many people feeling hurt and depressed. I’m on a similar path of trying to stick to personal goals that I set over and over but never quite seem to accomplish. I’m hoping that by blogging about it, it will help keep me accountable. Many cheers to your success and support for others who seek change.

    – Sofia

  21. Crawlcraft says:

    Hi Tyler. Nice post on problogger. You highlight mostly losing weight by counting calories. Is it something bad with practising sport, gym, etc? Greetz.

  22. Jimmy Lamour says:

    Great Transformation Tyler. Although, I favor a combination of nutritious meals with occasional cheat meals,progressive strength training,conditioning games, movement prep, flexibility, and accountability. Counting Calories can be time consuming for many of my clients, so we just tell them exactly what they need to eat based on their goals. I think the overall plan must include all these pieces in order to keep you losing weight, not just look like skinny soft, increase your energy, and keep you energy free. I enjoy reading your story and appreciate you being so open. Keep up the good fight.

  23. Tyler says:

    Sure, Alain, go ahead.

  24. Tyler says:

    I think it’s pretty sound, myself. Thanks, Allison!

  25. Tyler says:

    Thanks for the suggestion Sheila, I’m pretty well hooked on MyFitnessPal though! It’s alright to do awful during the holidays, you’re not superhuman — just get right back on the horse and start again.

  26. Tyler says:

    It does indeed come down to math, simple math at that, people shouldn’t have a problem figuring it out. That’s why I like to keep it simple.

  27. Tyler says:

    You’re right, that’s what I meant to say. Thanks for the correction. I know you’re busy and don’t have time to comment, but it’s nice to know that you’re still reading. I really appreciate all the time you gave me to answer my questions months back, it means a lot.

  28. Tyler says:

    Even if you can’t exercise or do many strenuous activities, that doesn’t mean you can’t still lose weight. Again, it makes it tougher, but weight loss comes down to what you eat.

  29. Tyler says:

    That’s a good target, Dan. That’s a lot of time in the gym, don’t get burnt out… you really just need a minimum of 30 minutes a day of physical activity and anything else is gravy. It’s good to set high standards, just make sure you’re not pushing yourself too far too soon and get tired of it.

  30. Tyler says:

    MFP is definitely better than fatsecret, glad you switched! Congrats on the baby… I know a child makes it difficult to lose weight and it’s stressful… take some time off if need be from physical activity and just try to watch what you eat as much as possible!

  31. Tyler says:

    Well put, Rob. Thanks for YOUR comment! 🙂

  32. Tyler says:

    Thanks, Mary. Nice blog.

  33. Tyler says:

    You’re welcome, Ron.

  34. Tyler says:

    I’m not big on categories, Tony, but pretty much everything I post here would be a tip to somebody. I might move it over there. Congrats on the amazing weight loss, 125 pounds is incredible.

  35. Tyler says:

    I would definitely do the chocolate chip cookies diet. I’ve really contemplated the Snickers diet.

  36. Tyler says:

    You’re welcome, Ande. I’m glad you found me too.

  37. Tyler says:

    Accountability is a big key, but with the internet it’s common for people to simply disappear and never stop updating — don’t let that happen to you. Make the blog apart of who you are and make it where you can’t run away.

  38. Allie says:

    Using has helped me lose over 20 pounds in the last six months (I’m 5 foot 4 inches, I have maybe another 10-20 pounds of fat to lose and gain muscle instead). I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to lose weight by counting calories! And they help you with numbers of calories to eat. There’s an iPhone/iPod/iTouch app if you have one of those also. It’s really wonderful. They just came out with a new book too. Way to keep losing Tyler! 😀

  39. KAren says:

    I think that counting calories is VERY important, but don’t forget its also the quality of the food too. I was watching a show last night that said there was something called a “TWINKIE DIET!” I kid you not. The point the person on this “diet” was making was to show its not the quality but number of calories…but I still think that can be a big mistake.

    You also want to be a HEALTHY person…not just a thin one. Thin people can also have heart problems, and other body problems that can be averted w/ healthy eating and exercise.
    I think dieting is here to stay, but for goodness sakes people, be smart about it.

    I also believe you don’t have to be a vegetarian about it, you CAN eat meat…you can be healthy with or without meat…just probably wanna stay away from deep fried bacon grease bits…you know what I’m saying.

    Great article Thanks


  40. Bryan says:

    Hey, this sounds like solid advice! I’m gonna give this a try for 10 days and see if it pans out.

  41. Cori says:

    I really needed this today. I have been on my weight loss journey for almost a year and a half now….only losing 30 pounds. I was mainly focused on working out..but I hit a wall….and I had not lost a pound in a year. Recently – my boyfriend decided that he needed to lose weight…and dropped almost 10 pounds in two weeks. He told me that he did it by only counting calories. I kinda scoffed at him, resentful that he thought that the solution was so easy. But then – I did some research online…he was right…and I was floored…and I felt all the hard work that I put in(and still am putting in) was a waste of time….but it lead me to this point, and to your site. Thank you for the encouragement….I am on day 2 of my counting…and reading your story was right on time.

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