Weight loss is generally achieved by cutting down the amount of calories you eat every day.
Conversely, eating more calories than you burn during the day makes you put on weight.
Counting calories can be a powerful tool to keeping your weight loss journey on track.
What are calories?
“A calorie is a unit that measures energy,” according to Health Line.
“Calories are usually used to measure the energy content of foods and beverages.”
Weight loss is often achieved by cutting down the number of calories you eat per day
How many calories should you eat every day?
The average woman should eat 2000 calories per day to maintain her weight, and 1500 to lose a pound a week, according to the health website.
An average man will have a greater calorific intake: 2500 to maintain, and 2000 to lose a pound a week.
However, a number of different factors affect this, including age, height and the amount of exercise you do.
How many calories to lose weight?
Eating less calories will help you to drop unwanted pounds, but the ideal calories for weight loss varies per person.
You can use an online calorie tool like on the Health Line website to calculate how many calories you should eat per day.
Calories: Weight loss is achieved by eating less calories or energy units a day
Calories: High calorie food like chocolate and crisps tend to have a negative effect on weight loss
You could also use a smartphone app like My Fitness Pal, which adjusts your calorie needs based on how much weight you want to lose.
Which foods have the most calories?
Processed foods like crisps, chocolate and cake are often calorie dense, meaning you eat many calories per bite.
High fat foods like butter, cheese and nuts are also calorie dense.
Which foods have the least calories?
Green vegetables like carrots, celery and cucumber are high in water and low in calories. Fruits like strawberries, blueberries and melon are also low in calories.
Low calorie dairy included skimmed milk, low fat yoghurt and low fat cheese.
Finally, lean meats like poultry and turkey tend to be more low calorie compared to red meats.
Calories: Calorie needs are different depending on the individual and their weight loss goals
Actress Natalie Cassidy’s weight loss inspired slimmers after recent pictures showed off her transformation. The Eastenders actress, 35, struggled with her weight, which has yo-yoed especially during pregnancy.
In 2018 Natalie shed a whopping two and a half stone in just three months. At the time she told Now Magazine: “After playing Sonia in EastEnders for 12 years, I thought it’d be good to change my image.
“I was 10st 8lb when I started this diet, but it was my body mass index that scared me. I wasn’t just obese, I was off the scale.”
Now Natalie looks very healthy and happy. Weight loss expert Steve Miller told Bella magazine: “She looks like she’s lost up to three stone over the years, and is a size 8.
“She’s lost weight on her face, legs, arms and neck and would be around nine stone.