How to Keep Track of Your Calorie Intake

Posted on 10 Aug 2016 by Anna Scott
This week, it was revealed that we are a nation of fibbers. Not outright liars, but just a country full of people not quite prepared to tell the whole truth when it comes to our appetites. Yes, the BBC has reported that we’re ever-so-slightly economical with the truth when it comes to telling people how many calories we have consumed. So much so in fact, that we may have skewed national research which influences government obesity targets. Whoops.

Deep down we all know that telling a few foodie fibs does us no good in the long run. Lying to ourselves might make us feel a bit letter on a temporary basis, but when it comes to tackling health issues, we really need to ‘fess up a bit more often. So what are the best ways to keep track of our calorie intake to avoid future mishaps? Here are a few ideas that might have you be a bit more honest from now on…


Use a Calorie Checker if You’re Unsure

Healthy FoodsA lot of the time calorie counting is as much about guesswork than anything else, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re unsure about the calorie content of a particular food, then don’t go into it blindly – it’s much wiser to make an informed decision about what you eat. Make use of all that information they put on food labels these days, but make sure you’re analysing it correctly – if it says ‘per 100g’, be honest with yourself about how much you’re eating because that calorie intake could easily be double what you’ve previously estimated. If you need help with specific items of food that don’t come with a label, the NHS website has a useful calorie counter that can help you out, or if you use diet or meal plans available with Weightwatchers promo codes or Weight to Go discount codes you can easily check how many your recipes and food have as part of their packages.


Use a Fitness App

If all this manual calorie counting sounds too much like hard work, don’t give up at the first hurdle. In this day and age, there are plenty of other online tools to help you out such as the MyFitnessPal app that you can put on your phone. This and similar apps and digital devices can help you easily calculate your intake (along with corresponding exercise goals) using a large database of food items.


Keep a Food Diary

Healthy SaladEven with the help of technology you still might be hitting those calorie goals, whether it’s down to convenience (or lack of), or still not being completely honest about your diet. One of the best ways of getting the facts down in black and white is to literally gets the facts down in black and white. Write down every single thing you eat and then take a long look at it at the end of the day – once you see that facts in front of you, this will not only give you a much more accurate idea of what you’re eating every day, but also the motivation you might need to something about it. Using Hello Fresh promotional codes offers another way to control your food intake once you’ve completed your food diary, or if you are having problems writing absolutely everything down. This online retailer not only delivers recipes to your door, but also all the ingredients you need to complete them, meaning you’ll know exactly what you’re eating and how many calories everything contains.


Be Honest

Perhaps the most important thing you have to remember if any of this is going to work. There’s no point counting, recording and assessing your calorie intake if you’re not going to be 100% truthful about it, to yourself more than anyone else. So if you’re going to put in the effort, make sure it’s worth it. Counting calories is as much about being truthful as it is about actually recording everything meticulously. In fact, once you’re honest with yourself about exactly how much you’re eating, then that’s half the work done already!



























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