The ultimate guide to the calorie-counting diet

Calories and diet

The recent COVID-19 outbreak is forcing everyone to stay at home to stop its spread. However, many people are worried they may end up binge eating now that they are around food all the time. This not only leads to weight gain but also health issues such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

Luckily, you can go on a diet to ensure you are staying healthy even with minimal physical activities. The calorie-counting diet, for example, is a good starting point. It allows you to maintain your weight throughout this pandemic.

What is the calorie-counting diet?

Calories are a measure of the energy content of foods and beverages you consume. For instance, one boiled egg has 78 calories. And, one slice of white bread has roughly 67 calories. When you walk, breathe, exercise, talk, or think, you burn calories.

person counting their calories

Your body then stores any excess calories as fat. Therefore, eating more calories than you burn results in weight gain. The calorie-counting diet is all about eating within your calorie limit or reducing your calorie intake for weight loss.

How it works

The calorie-counting diet works by knowing the number of calories you need, and eating within that range to maintain weight, or cutting down to lose weight. But, the number of calories you need depends on your age, weight, activity level, and gender.

First, calculate how many calories your body needs. You can use the Calorie Needs Chart calculator for this. Second, count and measure food calories for everything you plan to consume. Similarly, count the number of calories for beverages and drinks. Although this can be a tedious process, some people enjoy it and find it therapeutic.

Third, identify what foods you can eat to stay within your daily calorie target. Instead of eating junk and processed foods that add up your calorie target quickly, go for healthy options like eggs, bagels, rice, salads, and sandwiches.

woman on a calorie counting diet measuring her waist

Physical exercise and burning fat

The calorie-counting diet can be incorporated with physical exercises to burn the calories you consume daily. Hire a personal trainer from SportsnTrain today for online coaching classes.

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