Should You Use a Calorie Calculator To Lose Weight?

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Staying fit has always been a problem for most people. If you have a very busy lifestyle you may forget about the importance of a healthy diet and you will eventually find yourself in serious need of a weight loss plan. However each person is different and requires different discipline techniques. The reason why most diets fail is due to the fact that they don’t have a balance between discipline and awards. Furthermore, most diets are not always based on accurate information about health. According to a lot of recently thin people, a calorie calculator is one of the most successful weight loss solutions. If you are planing on using a calorie calculator to lose weight but you still have some doubts, we are here to give you all the right answers.

How does it work?

A calorie calculator can be found on a website or it can be installed on your smart phone. The way it works is very simple. You input some personal information into the calculator (initial weight, desired weight, height, age and so on) and based on that information you will be given a number of calories that should be consumed on a daily basis in order to lose weight. The problem with most of these calculators is that they work with very little parameters and are therefore too general to fit all individual needs. So, if you do decide to use a calorie calculator to lose weight, try to find one which takes into account multiple factors. Furthermore if your level of activity changes you should also adjust your calories. For example if you do your calorie count based on a low activity level but then you start doing regular exercise your should do a new count. Last but not least, get some accurate information about health, in order to understand what type of food you should eat on a daily basis. For example, if your calculator tells you that you are allowed to eat about 2000 calories per day, you have too choices: you can fill your stomach with fruit and vegetables, thus satisfying your hunger while also giving your body the nutrients if needs or you can eat 4 chocolate bars, after which you will find yourself hungry again and your body will feel exhausted as a result of a lack of nutrients.

Advantages

The main advantage of using a calorie calculator to lose weight is the fact that you are not constrained by a strict meal plan. You can eat whatever you want as long as you stay under the suggested calorie limit. Therefore the calculator teaches you to apply discipline to your diet without actually forcing you to change all your eating habits.

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage is that the calculator focuses only of the calories in your food without taking into account the necessary nutrients. As a result you may pick up some unhealthy eating habits. Due to the fact that the diet is not strict you may find yourself eating junk food and sweets instead of real food. Even if you just eat it in small amounts, this type of food contains very little nutrients and it should not replace healthy food. Furthermore, if you have any health problems, you should ask your physician whether or not it is alright for you to use a weight calculator. If your doctor thinks that you need a more disciplined diet you should listen to him.

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