How I Learned to Eat Better and Lose Weight Counting Calories

This model is measuring out food like I do.

I have tried to lose weight by just eating less, but I found I didn’t lose much weight that way. It seems that my weight is a balancing act with calorie consumption a part of the equation. When it comes to losing weight, it’s calories that count. And counting those calories is the only way to keep track so that you burn more of them than you eat.

There are two ways to burn those calories. One is by reducing the extra calories from eating and drinking, and the other is by increasing the calories I burn through exercise. The trick is that I need to keep strict track of both. Every mouthful and every mile.

Once I understood the equation, I was ready to set weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching them. I also asked for help from my doctor and family. I had to decide if this was a good time to make these changes, and the honest answer was that there was no better time than the present. So I made a smart plan including how I would handle tempting situations and setbacks.

I found an app that helped me by knowing most of the UPC codes of food, so I didn’t have to worry about trying to type into the app everything myself. I also bought a scale for the things I cooked for myself. The app told me how much equaled a serving.

Then came the hard part—staying with the plan. Oh, I started out all enthusiastic, but then the inevitable happened. I got tired of doing this. Real tired. But I had anticipated that happening, and part of my plan was to have days when I ate whatever I wanted without worrying about keeping track. Those vacation days—one or two a week—kept me from burning out.

My other temptation had to do with eating while I worked. Crunching on things helps me stay on track. So I traded my chips for popcorn and rice cake snacks. I also crunched carrots and celery.

Exercising has helped as well. I exercise before I start work. After a workout, I am not as hungry as usual, so I don’t snack as much.

Over the past 5 months, I have lost over 40 pounds. It hasn’t been easy, but it is worth it.

ghostwriter, blogger, social mediaAnn Mullen has been a “paid writer” for the last 20-something years since she began writing for a newspaper in South Texas in the early 1990s. From 2011 through 2015, Ann worked with several marketing agencies where she learned she loves the creative side of inbound marketing. Researching, creating gripping text and coming up with engaging images for the various media are her passion.

She has now struck out on her own as a freelance writer. You can find her by emailing her at, on Facebook, on Twitter at Ann Mullen@AnnMullen4, on Google+ or by calling 512 278 8288.


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