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Using a printable calorie chart can help you lose weight. I know because I used a calorie counting system to lose 20 lbs.
So how does this idea work?
It's really rather simple.
- Print out the printable calorie counter.
- Keep track of everything you eat on your food calorie chart.
- Take a long hard look at your calorie chart and see where you can make adjustments.
- Watch your results over the weeks. When your calorie counter chart is printable it's easy to post it wherever you will see it multiple times a day. Think the front of the fridge, your bathroom mirror, even put one in your car.
- Make more adjustments to your printable calorie charts as necessary.
Here's a free printable calorie chart.
(Scroll down for more helpful hints after the printable calorie counter.)
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as Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Using a printable calorie chart IS simple, but it's not easy.Here are the main things you need to remember to make this calorie counting system a success.
1. Don't be surprised when you don't want to keep up the work.
It takes effort to keep track of your calories using a printable calorie counter
or any other system. Just like it takes effort to plan, cook, eat and
clean up your meals. I told myself I could certainly keep track of what
I put in my mouth for 90 days, then I would re-examine my system. After
90 days, I was 20 lbs. lighter. How cool is that?
2. Give it time.
The first week you may feel as though you work really hard at using
your printable calorie chart and you may loose a few pounds. But when
you look in the mirror you may not see the changes you want. Patience.
If you're like me, those extra pounds didn't go on in a week (more like
over a few years). Let those calories you're NOT eating add up over
time. This is a proven method that works...but only if YOU work IT.
3. Reward yourself.
And not with more calories! Now's the time to take your mind off of
food - and by extension your food calorie chart - and find new pleasures to reward yourself with. Count every
calorie for the day? Call a friend and share your achievement. Count
every calorie for a week? Go see that movie you've been waiting to
enjoy. Drop a dress size? Yes!! Buy a new dress!!
This is a really important point because you WILL be focusing on your calorie count chart and you want to balance that out by discovering all the great things in your life that don't have anything to do with food! Doing so will make for better longterm eating habits and that's what will keep the weight off. Yah!
4. Face reality.
Do you have a day when you know you ate WAY over your calorie limit? So
what? Who cares? We all do that sometimes. It's not a crime. Go ahead
and log your calories anyway. You'll be surprised at how empowering
this can be. It will remind you that you truly are in charge of your
calories - your food - no matter how much you eat. That realization
will help you get comfortable with making better eating choices in the
future. Click here for more tips on using a food and calories chart.
Your printable calorie chart is only a tool - your attitude is the real key.If you find yourself up one day - and on task as far as using your
calorie chart - and down the next day - and NOT using your calorie
chart, then you can see what the real culprit is. Determine to eat
separate from your moods for a full day. This may be difficult but it's
the most useful thing you can do for yourself. Learning about yourself
is an important key to self-control.
In summary, using printable calorie charts can...
- help you take charge of your eating habits.
- allow you to track the results of your calorie choices with great accuracy.
- help you make healthy eating changes over time.
- show you where your moods and your calorie intake intersect.
Using printable calorie charts are powerful tools for weight loss and
maintenance. I know from personal experience. I applaud you for taking
charge and researching tools that can help you make a difference in
your life. What we eat has such a lasting impact on our health and our
lives. Making changes today can affect your life for many years to come.
This information is presented for informational and educational
purposes only. Always remember to see your health care professional
before beginning any new diet or exercise program. The results
presented here are not typical. Your results are dependent upon you and
your efforts and will be unique to you.
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