7 Things You Need To Know If You're Counting Calories To Lose Weight​

One biggie: The calories in cupcakes and carrots are not created equal.

Counting calories to lose weight seems like a pretty easy approach—after all, it’s simple math. But it can actually be more complex and harder to do than you’d think.

“Counting calories can be a helpful tool toward helping people achieve weight loss because losing weight is a balance between calories in equaling less than calories out,” says Beth Warren, R.D.N., founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food. “However, this is an oversimplified approach that is not as clear cut as it seems.” New York-based R.D. Jessica Cording agrees. “This isn’t for everyone, but for people who do well with structure, it helps them figure out how to spread out intake and can help them stay organized,” she says.

There’s a lot that can go wrong if you take this approach, but it can also work out really well for you if you do it right. If you’re interested in counting calories to lose weight, keep these factors on the back-burner.

  • 1. HAVE YOUR SANDWICH ON A SALAD.
  • 2. SKIP THE HAPPY HOUR MARGARITA.
  • 3. OPT FOR BLACK.