I’m not big on counting calories on a regular basis, but I think it’s a good idea to do it for a few days occasionally just to be sure we have a good idea of what we’re eating. Take the dinner above: a huge salad (greens, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms & ranch dressing), a glass of skim milk and a pork chop. I looked at it and thought, protein and veggies—cool, I’m good!
But when I tallied it up, I found that the “healthy” dinner contained 827 calories—more than half my day’s allotment. Evidence that it’s easy to under- (or over-) estimate your intake.
I’ve found Sparkpeople.com to be a treasure trove of health tools. You can enter your weight, your desired weight and your target date, and it’ll tell you how many calories you need per day to reach that goal. Plus it has a huge database of foods and their nutritional values and calorie counts, and will run a daily (or more often if you want) nutrition feedback report that charts where you sit on fat, carbs, protein and calories for the day.
It also has TONS of motivational and informational health and fitness articles, and if you have way too much time to spare <grin>, you can track points for everything you do from reading articles to getting preventive care and drinking water. (Hey, take that motivation wherever you can find it!)
Check it out. And if you have favorite resources to share, feel free to comment!
’Til tomorrow, keep confident and resolute! (Will today be your Day One?)