The Calorie Counting Diet is a diet plan where you count the calories you have in a day so that you can try to reduce your energy intake, thus improving your weight loss. This approach means that you learn lots of scientific data about different types of food and, hopefully, you’ll learn for yourself exactly what the different food types are doing to your body so you can balance your consumption better. You practically need to keep an inventory of everything that lands in your stomach. More, you need to know the exact caloric value of each nourishment that you eat. It might sound a little complicated but you will manage it easily once you get accustomed with the procedure.
To start with, the Calorie Counting Diet provides you with some basic facts. These are that the average woman needs around 2000 calories a day and the average man needs more than this at around 2500 calories a day. It then tells you that to lose 1lb a week you need to consume 500 calories less than your required amount per day for one week. In other words, you need to consumer 3500 calories less than required to lose 1lb of fat. You then take this information and work out how much of which foods you can eat so as not to go over your desired calorie amount.
The Calorie Counting Diet plan provides you with resources to help you count calories in the form of calculators on their websites. All you need to do is find the food that you’re eating and the calculator will tell you how many calories it contains. This is especially useful for loose fruit and vegetables as they don’t come in a packet so you have no other way of knowing how many calories they contain per unit. For those things that do come in packets, you can look yourself to see how many calories you’re eating. Simply add up how many calories you’re having in a day and try to reduce this if it goes over your desired number.
There is of course quite a large downside with the calorie counting method in the Calorie Counting Diet and that is that some foods may be better for you than others but contain less calories. For example, an apple contains around 50kcal (depending on the size and type) yet a whole bottle of Pepsi Max contains almost zero calories – no one would state that drinking a bottle of Pepsi Max is better for you than eating an apple! You must take into consideration the other contents of the foods you are consuming when following this diet!