When cutting back on calories, estimating the calories in everything you eat can seem a difficult task. But careful monitoring of your calorie intake can be crucial to your success while you're learning to eat well.
Studies show that without careful monitoring, people underestimate their daily calorie intake by a whopping 30-50%! While they think they are "dieting," they may in fact be putting on weight.
To help get a handle on your calorie intake, use all of the tools you have at your fingertips. Read food labels before you buy a product, and measure portions as you place them on your plate. When using our Food Calculator, be sure to set the correct serving size with each calculation.
But most important is the simple act of self-monitoring the food you eat, even if you do underestimate your calorie intake. Research shows that simply being conscious of everything you eat makes a significant difference in managing your weight. And the more self-monitoring records you complete each week, the more weight you are likely to lose.
You can see how others monitor their food and activities in the Diary section of our free forums. Start your own diary today!
Megan Porter, RD