Counting Calories

If you ever wondered why dieters in particular ever bother counting the calories in the food they eat, you'll be interested to know that there is more to it than meets the eye.

I have always spent time looking at food with a critical eye, right back since I was a young guy. It often struck me just how much junk goes into food products that you can buy in most stores. Most people don't give it a second thought, but if they did, there would be a whole lot fewer cases of obesity and people getting overweight.

Why is that?

Well, for starters, if people really knew what was in most of the processed foods they buy each week and feed to their families, they wouldn't ever buy them again. But even getting away from the additives and trans fats (saturated fats), sugar or high fructose corn syrup (or starch), if you just count the calories that come in those seemingly small, innocent packages of food you would be astounded.

Snacks Contain Lots of Calories

Those little snacks soon rack up a ton of calories and you can go through your day without even realizing how much you have consumed. I'm amazed at how easy it is to bust your calorie limit for a day.

You can do it by just grabbing a can of regular soda, a packet of potato chips and a chocolate chip cookie or two to eat as a snack! But it doesn't stop there. If you eat a decent size hamburger and large fries and wash it down with a large milkshake and soda every day and you'll be obese before you know it. And that's just what you might be eating for lunch!

What did you have for breakfast? Was it something healthy and low in calories like oatmeal, or some fresh fruit and low fat yogurt? Or was it something outrageous like a huge fried breakfast with eggs, ham, sausages, hash browns and probably some pancakes with maple syrup on? And what are you going to eat for dinner?

Exercise to Burn Calories

Unless you like to run a half marathon every morning before breakfast, you can pretty much assume that you are heading for some bad news on the bathroom scales if you don't start counting the calories and being serious about it. You don't have to be so strict that you wind up going crazy over it.

But you do have to use some common sense and look closely at the foods that you're eating and the also what you're drinking. As long as the bulk of that is healthy, nutritious food, then you can give yourself a little leeway. But if its all made up of junk food and soda, you need to be cutting back hard on those thing and introducing more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet and let them make up the bulk of your daily calorie count.

At the end of the day, you have to remember that when you setting diet goals, you need to eat for nourishment and a certain amount of enjoyment. Find the right balance between the two and you should naturally find a healthy level of calories over nutrition that will not only keep you slim but insure your good health for the long term too.