Counting calories is a great way to track your diet and caloric intake. Calorie recommendation varies upon age groups and sex. Due to most foods containing calorie amounts right on the package, this can be a very simple process.
There are two types of calories generally listed, calories and fat calories. When people track calories, often times they tend to track the regular calories in foods. To do this, it is a good idea to carry around a small notebook in order for you to record your daily intake.
Once you consume food, look at the nutrition facts label on the container. Pay particular attention to the Serving Size listed on the package in order to figure out how much you have actually taken in.
There are several books and websites create to list calories that are in foods that do not have labels (fruits, vegetables, etc.) which make it easier for you to find this information.
Simply record the food you intake for the day and list the calories per item. And serving and compute the final total by adding all of the numbers together.
Calorie counting can be very surprising to some people who have no idea how much they are eating. So this can also be a great educational tool.