## Calories – How to Figure Out How Many Calories You’re Eating in a Day

Calories – About 115 in 1 large apple

# Calories

Counting calories is important to managing your weight. Whenever I have tried to lose weight over the years, I would try a variety of techniques – cutting out fat, eating less carbohydrates, not eating after a certain time at night – you get the picture. What I’ve finally come to realize is that it’s all about the almighty calorie! If you eat just the right amount (of recommended daily) calories, you’ll maintain your current weight. If you eat a little less, you’ll lose weight. If you eat a little more, you’ll gain weight. It’s pretty simple if you think about it. Well, the counting part is simple. The adhering to it is not always so simple!

## How Many Calories

Whether you want to maintain, lose, or gain weight, you’ll need to first find out what your recommended daily allotment of caloriesis. Once you have this number, you can now start planning for how many calories you’re going to subtract if you want to lose weight. A gradual loss of one to two pounds a week is the best way to lose weight, and keep it off. Say you need 2,200 calories a day to maintain your weight, yet you want to lose 1 pound that week. Since 3,500 calories is equal to one pound, you’ll need to subtract 500 calories from each day, leaving you an average of 1,700 calories that you can eat for that day in order to lose 1 pound for the week.

### Calorie Counter

So how many calories are you eating every day? You can figure them out using a few different techniques. Using a calorie counter/calculatoris a really good idea when you’re first starting to count your calories as it allows you to enter a food in order to get the amount of calories in that particular food. At the end of the day you’ll have a total of the calories you ate for that day.

#### Good to Know

Over time, you’ll start to learn how many calories are in a particular food, making it so that every time you eat you’ll be able to count the calories in your head. Also, since you are limited in the amount of calories you can eat for the day, make every single one count (for nutritional purposes)! 1 gram of protein = 4 calories 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories 1 gram of fat = 9 calories!