The key to successfully counting or tracking calories is to find a calorie counter or database you are comfortable using to control and track your caloric intake. Calorie counting should easy and fun not a chore or you won’t stick with it.
You can find free or low cost calorie counters online or download calorie counting software or purchase hard copy books and magazines that include calorie counting information. You can even find calorie counting applications for your I-phone or PDA.
If you are comfortable using your computer the online versions are very convenient. These handy calorie counters are accessible anywhere you have internet access. The online counters are easy to use. Most will do all the calorie calculations for you after you enter the food you are planning to eat and the quantities of the food. You will need to get a small kitchen scale you can use to accurately determine the quantities of the food since the size of the portion is important to the accurate calculation of the calories you are consuming. Many of the calorie counters will also calculate the proration of your calories that are from carbs, proteins and fats.
For any diet to be successful you will have to learn a lot about which foods to avoid and which will allow you to eat healthily and reduce your calorie intake. Remember reducing your calorie intake by 500 calories a day will result in the loss of a pound a week which is a sustainable weight loss plan.