Calorie counters are useful tools that can help you track your calories throughout the day, monitor macro nutrient intake and bring awareness to your calorie consumption. Most calorie counters are free and can be found online or as an application on a smartphone. Use a calorie counter to keep you on track with your fitness and dietary goals.
If you are trying to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. Create your daily calorie deficit by eating fewer calories than needed to maintain your current weight, or by increasing physical activity to burn enough calories to achieve the desired deficit. You can also reach your calorie-deficit goal by combining the two. The size of your calorie deficit determines how much weight you can lose each week, according to StraightHealth.com. For example, if your body requires 2,500 calories per day and you consume 2,000 calories, you've created a 500 calorie deficit. Repeat this for a week for a total deficit of 3,500 calories and a loss of 1 pound of fat.
The Lose It app is a popular calorie counter that can be used on smartphones such as the Blackberry and other electronic devices such as the iPod Touch. This app displays your calories consumed while factoring in your calories burned to help you keep track of your total calorie consumption.
CaloriesPerHour.com offers a free calorie counter along with other free fitness tools and calculators. Use the weight loss calculators to estimate the time required to reach your goal weight, the daily calorie deficit needed to reach your goal weight or to calculate your weight loss over a period of time. Begin tracking your calorie intake by calculating your daily calorie requirements. Use the Food, Calories and Nutrition Calculator to estimate the number of calories in your meals and snacks.
FitWatch.com provides a calculator to estimate total daily calories needs based on your basal metabolic rate and physical activity level. BMR is the number of calories your body requires to support basic functions, such as keeping your heart and lungs working, while you are at rest, without moving. BMR is calculated according to age, gender, height and weight. You can maintain your weight by consuming the recommended number of calories, lose weight by creating a deficit or gain weight by eating more than your daily calorie requirement.
When using online calculators to estimate BMR or any other weight-related information, you will notice the results may not be the same on all websites. Average the results from calculators on three different websites and use that total to get you started on your weight-loss plan.
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