Sunday, January 19, 2014

Tracking Food and Calories

One of the biggest questions I am always asked, “How many calories should I consume?” 

MYTH:  You need to cut your calorie intake back to 1200 calories in order to lose weight.

TRUTH:  Your body NEEDS fuel to function. It will be OK with 1200 calories a day for awhile, but eventually your body will go into starvation mode and you will plateau out with your weight loss.  If you are sedentary, your body should be taking in about 1600-2000 calories (depending on age), just to maintain your body function without gaining weight. Most women are at least moderately active, and would need about 2000 calories (men would be a little higher). So, when you are trying to lose weight, you definitely want to cut back on SOME of those calories, AND increase your activity.

Find out where you should begin when it comes to finding your calorie needs.  Go to this link and type in your information.  The site will give you 3 numbers, use the middle number. This is your calorie target each day. Try to hit this number daily. You do not get points or extra credit if you are under - you will just be hungry and tired.  If you are still not seeing the results you want, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post. 

Tracking your food/calories is a MUST!  Get ready to track your calories daily. Yep, I'm dead serious...daily. No exceptions. Seeing what you eat each day will help you figure out if you are nourishing your body or giving it less that premium fuel. If you know your calorie target and you hit it daily YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. If you don't track, you won't. It's that simple. There are excellent tools out there like MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and LiveStrong  that make it easy and convenient to track your food. If you are on MyFitnessPal, add me as a friend (my food diary setting are open) - my email is

Today’s assignment:  Find your calorie target number and find a food tracking tool to try.  Post your number and the tool you are using in the comments.  AND post your daily food diary!

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