Keep in mind that if you are limiting your caloric intake, it's even more important to fuel your body with nutrition dense foods. 100 calorie packs may be tempting. That small snack may help to curb a sweet tooth, but processed "low-cal" foods are usually low-cal because they are missing essential components to help nourish and satisfy your body. Soooo I recommend eating foods from the earth, in their most natural state.
- Wearing a heart monitor during your exercise (like this one) will show you exactly how many calories you're burning.
- "Lose It!" (my favorite for iPhone and iPad users), is a web-based food diary. Not only will it tell you how many calories you should be consuming per day based on your age, and goal weight, it will even scan most food items and input them for you!
Overall, don't forget that calories are essential. They are cells of energy, not fat! Whether it's the number on the scale or your daily caloric intake, don't let numbers rule your life. If you eat whole, natural foods and workout, you'll never have to count another calorie in your life....I don't! xo