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Questions From a calorie counting newb!


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Hey guys,
I'm gatecrashing :D Ok i need a little advice because in 4 weeks i've done 3
diets (weight watchers, slimming world and celebrity slim) and i can't seem to stick at any.
My friend has just started calorie counting and oddly its not something i've ever thought about trying, depite having about 11stone to loose.

So i imagine calorie counting is quite flexible in what you can eat, but how do you find out the calories for everything? we get alot of stuff from the butchers and veg shop so don't come with packets.

So i've use a bmr calculator and worked out my daily calorie intake to maintain is 2625, is it best to do it gradually say having 2000 calories a day or just drop down 1000 straight away (this site said not to drop down lower the 1000)
Not sure if this is the right diet but i may as well give it a try.
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I have an app on my blackberry, which tells me the calorie content of the food I eat. It's not very UK friendly but I can usually find close american alternatives for the food I eat. It's not exact, but I'm not obsessed with having the same calorie in take every day, I just use it to check I'm not making really bad choices. I also have a pocket calorie book I bought of Amazon for a couple of quid, which I used before I got my blackberry, again it's not exact, but I'm not obsessed so helpful as a guide.

I also google the calorie content of stuff if I'm on the computer.

Hope this helps, good luck!

Calorie Counter Database - Free Online Diet Program - this site has one of the most comprehensive free databases of foods you could imagine. The portion sizes are sometimes a little fiddly, but if you register for a free account it lets you input any amount and keeps a log of what you've eaten. Really brilliant.

Another good one is SparkPeople, Free Diet Plans at SparkPeople which does similar food and exercise logging. I'd encourage you to spend some quality time with google, (usually I'd put in a term like 'free calorie tracking') and see what you can find, sign up to as many as you like and have a bit play.

Good luck!

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