I began to learn about what a calorie counter is when I was checking the calorie amount in honey, a superfood which is now very much part of my diet. Basically it helps you make record of the amount of your calories intake everyday based on a plan. Each calorie is a measure of energy, the capacity that your body needs for growth, maintenance, and daily activities. How much of this energy capacity you need depends on your height and weight as well as, your age, body size, physical condition, physical activity, and workouts. Younger, active people require more of it than the older and less active people. The rule is simple and straightforward, no gimmicks. When you eat more than what your body needs, regardless of whether it is sugar or fat, the excess calories are stored as fat and you gain weight. Every calorie you take counts. And your body weight will not change if the calories you eat match the calories you burn.
For instance, I have a colleague is obsessed with weight losing. She was obese since young. For the past 10 years she had tried everything to slim down and experimented with countless different weight reducing methods and dieting program without much success, and in the last few years she finally really managed to achieve her ideal weight via the calorie counting technique. For her, calorie counting was one of the most effective ways to reduce and manage weight. On one hand she didn't need to necessarily deprive herself of anything she liked in her diet as long as she kept her total calorie intake under control, and on the other, she could also have balanced meals and go guilt free because she was not taking more food than she requires. She felt it was a safe and steady way to lose weight. What she does is basically setting a daily caloric requirement that she wants to meet and then monitoring her caloric intake by consciously planning the kind of foods to take everyday using a chart which provides nutritional information on almost every food you can imagine so that the total caloric does not exceed her requirement everyday.
To count your calories, you need to know the following basic nutrition facts:
1 gram of fat = approx. 9 calories
1 gram of protein = approx. 4 calories
1 gram of carbohydrates = approx. 4 calories
4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar
Have you ever wondered why a 30g serving of cereal contains 300kcal, as stated in its food packaging? Does it mean 300 000 calories? But how can it be? Read "Know How to Count Calorie?" to solve this puzzle.