Losing weight is a common goal these days but few people understand how to do so properly and efficiently. The general rule of thumb is “burn more calories than you consume”. That is easier said than done. To start, what exactly is a calorie? How does it affect my ability to lose weight?

Calories are a unit of measurement (like inches or feet). Except, rather than measuring distance, calories are used to measure a unit of energy. The number of calories in the food you eat is the number units of energy the food will supply you. Those calories are used for everything from basic bodily functions like your breathing and your heart beat to running or weight lifting. Though there are many factors that come into play when trying to lose weight, keeping track of the calories you ingest is a key part. Here are a few tips to help you count those calories and get your body on track to a healthier you.

  • First things first, you need to find out how many calories you consume on a daily basis. Write down your calorie intake for all the food you ingest for a few days during the week and at least one day during the weekend (since most of us tend to eat and drink differently on the weekends). Add up all the calories consumed for each day and divide it by the number of days you kept track, this will give your daily average.
  • For food like fruits and vegetables that don’t have nutritional labels it can be quite difficult to get an exact number of calories. Use sites like this one to help you get as accurate as possible. Google can also automatically tell you how many calories are in something. For example, try searching for “how many calories are in a banana,” Google will automatically give you the correct answer at the top of the search results.
  • When counting calories there is such thing as overdoing it. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the daily average for calorie intake for men and women varies depending on age, gender, and level of daily activity. Use this calorie chart as a guideline to ensure you’re losing weight the healthiest way possible.

Follow these basic tips and you should be on the road to a healthier you. Since counting calories and eating healthy can only get you so far, increasing your daily physical activity will help you attain your goals much faster than fixing your diet alone. Try PumpFit, we offer the feel of personal training at the cost and efficiency of group training. Contact us today and get a free three day pass.