We all understand that if you eat too much, you'll gain weight, and if you cut back, you'll lose weight. But how much is too much and how do we keep track of it? I didn't want to begin a lifestyle change without being able to keep track of what I was eating and without seeing my progress. With the My Fitness Pal app, I keep a daily diary of what I eat and I can see how it affects me all throughout the day.
Step one in beginning your journey, download this app and/or use the website.
Based on your height, age, weight and activity level, there's a specific number of calories you should eat each day in order to maintain your weight. If you eat more than that, you gain. If you eat less than that, you lose. Simple enough.
Also, remember this: 3,500 Calories = 1 lb.
Therefore, if you eat 500 less calories per day for 7 days, you'll lose 1 lb per week
500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories = 1 lb./week
THIS is why I think its so important to track what you eat and your caloric intake. If you're going to eat less calories per day, you're going to want to pay attention to how you spread them around so you're not left starving in the morning or not having enough calories for dinner.
From the MyFitnessPal.com website, "Losing weight isn't easy - we know. But with a membership to MyFitnessPal.com, you'll get the tools you need to successfully take weight off - and keep it off. And best of all, everything on our site is 100% FREE. So put away your credit card - you'll never have to pay a cent. Study after study has confirmed the benefits of keeping track of the food you eat and the activity you do. It's simple - the more consistently you track your food intake, the more likely you are to lose weight. That's why every successful weight management program suggests that you keep a food diary and/or an activity log. But recording everything you eat without the right tools can be tedious at best, or simply impossible at worst."