Count Calories for Weight Management

Posted: Nov 28 in Lifestyle by

Knowing how to count calories takes a bit of initial effort, but after baselines are obtained and typical food intake is calculated, it can become a process that will never be marginalized in your future weight loss endeavors. If you need assistance cutting your calorie intake, speak with your local weight loss doctor about available weight loss medications in Syracuse.

Basal Metabolic Rate

An individual’s BRM is the measure of caloric expenditure when at rest. Movement and exertion causes an excess of calories to be burnt in addition to the standard BRM, which is to say that you burn a certain amount of calories doing nothing, and any action performed burns an additional amount. Calculating basal metabolic rate is done by first obtaining your weight, then your height, and finally your age and sex. You plug these numbers into a basal metabolic calculator, which can easily be found online, and use this calculated number to begin counting calories. In addition, BMR can be calculated using a machine that measures CO2 output, such as the Body Gem used at Dr. Scinta’s office. This is a bit more accurate since it measures an individual’s BMR.

Calories in Minus Calories out

In order to lose weight you must burn more calories than you are taking in, a number that can be easily calculated by planning your day to day total food intake, and then subtracting this amount from your basal metabolic rate. If you are left with a positive number, then you are losing fat, otherwise, you are gaining.


You should begin reviewing food labels for calorie contents, and using the internet to determine the calorie content of foods that are not labeled, such as meats and fruits. Always remember that while reductions in calorie content will lead to fat loss, proper vitamin and mineral intake should never be on the back burner, as poor health can result.


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