Calorie Talk: How to estimate calorie count?
A calorie is actually a unit of energy and refers to the energy people obtain from the food and drink they consume. Calorie also refers to the energy used when performing physical activities. Good weight loss programmes normally center around tracking and reducing your calorie intake. It’s almost impossible to carry a calorie chart and a calculator wherever you go, so here is a list of how to estimate calorie count.
Master your portion size
Knowing the right portion for you is important especially if you want to lose weight. Serving sizes at restaurants have doubled over the years causing endless health concerns. Studies suggest that on average, a single restaurant portion can feed a family of three! What you can do is practice measuring a standard portion a few times so that you’ll get used to it.
Listen to your body
It’s easy to overeat when you’re feeling even the slightest hunger, the challenge is to listen to your body and eat only when necessary. If you’re feeling hungry, try drinking a glass of water and wait for at least 10 minutes. If you’re still feeling hungry, proceed to eat a small portion of food.
If you’re new to counting calories, it’s best to overestimate as when you think you’re eating fewer calories, you tend to eat more. Try to have a healthy snack before you have your meal to avoid overeating!
Use a calorie tracking app
There are a lot of calorie-tracking apps available so make sure you get the free or paid version (if you have the budget). Our favourite is Myfitnessapp!
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