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Counting Calories to Lose Weight

There are many literature reviews on how individuals planning to embark on a weight loss journey can go about it. While many people tend to focus on exercises and work out sessions, calorie-counting is an important aspect that should not be overlooked.

Calories simply refer to the energy we get from consuming meals and counting them entails measuring the grams of fat or carbs we consume.

So far, calorie-counting has proved effective in weight loss programs. Diets that are high in calories have low nutritional benefits. For instance foods like bread, baked foods and white rice usually contain refined carbs, have less nutritional benefits and tend to make an individual more hungry.

Eliminating these refined carbs and opting for low-calorie diets like whole grains and vegetables forms the backbone of counting calories.

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If you consume fewer calories, you’ll lose weight.

You may ask, how then do I count the calories I consume daily?

Well, it is important to note that the number of calories you must consume to lose weight depends on your size and biological sex. A woman might lose weight by following a 1,200 calorie per day diet.

How to properly count calories

Eating more calories than you burn means you will gain weight. Counting the calories you consume can help you eat less and lose weight.

There are three common ways to effectively count calories and I will discuss them briefly.

1. Using mobile or web Apps

Counting your calorie-intake can be easily processed using mobile and web apps.

A number of these apps are available on google and Apple stores. All you need to do is process your calorie figures by logging the food you want to eat. Research has shown that people who regularly track their food intake tend to lose more weight and maintain it.

Popular free calorie-counting apps include FatSecret, Lose It! and My Fitness Pal.

2. Weighing and measuring portions

Measuring portions has to do with the quantity of food consumed. Eating large portions of food can cause weight gain and hinder weight loss

There are a number of ways to correctly measure portion sizes, these include:

  • Measuring scales: this will give an insight into the weight of your food in grams, however, the process is time-consuming.
  • Measuring cups: this process takes volume into consideration because they are faster than using scales to measure weight. Cups could be used to measure liquids like smoothies or fruit juice.
  • Comparisons could also be used. For instance a serving of rice is half a cup, a serving of meat/fish is 3oz while a serving of cheese is the size of a thumb.
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3. Using smartwatches and fitness bracelets

Smartwatches and fitness bracelets are quite reliable, quick and simple when it comes to counting calories. The calorie feature on smartwatches and fitness bracelets gives information on the number of calories consumed, as well as that being burnt during work out sessions.

Notable smartwatches and fitness bracelets capable of carrying out this function include the Amaxos AX20 fitness bracelet and AX10 smartwatch. Ordering for these devices is quite simple

Counting calories isn’t the ultimate when it comes to optimal health, however, they can promote weight loss and in turn, eliminate diseases linked to obesity. Why don’t you take that step and start counting your daily calorie consumption? 

Counting calories may be hectic but remember that it is easy with Amaxos smartwatches and fitness bracelets. All you need to do is wear the device.

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