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Calorie Counting Spreadsheet
A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more
Preplan meals: Dieting and counting calories typically fails in the long term. Focus on 4-5 small, frequent meals consisting of at least one solid protein such as chicken, beef, pork or fish. Always start with the protein first and finish before moving on to the other items. Preplaning these meals the night before will help you make good choices. Stick with it and occasionally incorporate a cheat day. ...Read more
Eat raw foods ; fish: If you eat raw foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains, unsweetened almond milk, and fish like wild salmon you should be able to lose weight without counting calories but you will have to be very strict with only eating raw foods and wild fish. Don't blend, juice, or grind the food. Avoid or highly limit oils. ...Read more
Quality + Quantity: Yes you can, and yes it is difficult. But do-able. Log what you eat, how much, and for how long x3days. Use an app (like Myfitnesspal) or paper (eating day book on my site). See what's high quality, and what's not. Substitute high for low. e.g Low quality: soda, sugary bev, candy: highly processed e.g high quality: recognizable whole foods. Use a 6" plate for each meal: eat only what fits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is counting calories to lose weight okay? I take in about 1200-1400 a day with the myfitnesspal app.
Is it normal to think that 800-900 calories a day is way to much? I think so. I never eat more then 1000 and i'm completely obsessed with calorie counting. Is this normal?
No: You use energy no matter what you're doing, even when sleeping. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day. Check out http://www.Bmi-calculator.Net/bmr-calculator/ from this you can determine your daily calorie needs by multiplying your BMR by a ratio. Check out http://www.Bmi-calculator.Net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/. ...Read more
It is not exact: Counting calories is not necessary and is definitely not exact. It's only an estimation of the calories you consume. You can continue counting, but have greater focus on eating healthy: more fruits and vegetables, less processed foods, less saturated fats and simple carbohydrates, and more unsaturated fats and complex carbohydrates. And most importantly, exercise for at least 30 min/day. ...Read more
Child Weight Worries: The best thing is to focus on eating a healthy varied diet and getting exercise daily. Overworry about weight and counting calories in childhood can lead to a lifetime of disordered eating and eating disorders. Focus on my plate and let's move recommendations for healthy eating and exercise. Contact your doctor if you have more questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer