In my search for personal perfection, I have adopted a relaxed method of calorie counting that I want to share with you.
My Fitness Pal. A website that allows you to create an account for free by inputting some personal details like age, height and weight. Once you have your account set up, you can choose how many calories you want to eat a day – and then simply keep a food diary.
You can choose from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack entries – and also keep track of how much water you are drinking. The food database is HUGE. I literally put in “Asda Spaghetti and Meatballs” and it gives me all matches… But what’s more, if your food is barcoded, you can literally just scan it and it will find it!
Seriously calorie counting has never been easier!!
When I say calorie counting though, I feel the need to point out that I am not obsessive with it. I don’t weigh my food or refuse to eat in certain restaurants – I still absolutely love a good Nandos or Zizzis on regular occasions!
I give myself a daily allowance of 1200 calories, however I am not bothered about going slightly over when I do eat out – especially considering the general guideline for a girl my age is 2000 calories.
I also don’t enter drinks in to the diary – not that I actually drink much other than water and squash. But when I do enjoy a fizzy drink at the pub, or a few glasses (or bottles) of wine at the weekends, I don’t worry about that either.
If you were slightly obsessive though, you can also input what exercise you do and for how long. The site then allows you extra calories to the amount you burnt from your workout. See how simple it is?!
So if you want to watch what you eat without going on some hard core diet, My Fitness Pal is for you – it really is unbelievable how much less you eat when you consciously keep a diary!!
Oh and also – you can download the My Fitness Pal on to your smartphone!! AMAZING. Let me know how you get on if you choose to give it a go!