But while you’re counting calories, keep in mind the macronutrient and micronutrient profiles of the foods. Pay attention to whether the food is nutrient dense or deficient.
Let’s say you’ve got a choice between two Twinkies and a nice lean 8 oz steak. Each one of those Twinkies will get you 150 calories. The steak will probably get you in the neighborhood of 200. But you might start feeling full halfway through the steak, and that’s just not going to happen with Twinkies. They will not satiate you.
The numbers are a good place to start, but they’re rarely the entire story. Not every calorie is created equal.
And if you’re looking for an online calorie calculator to help you track your progress, that link will take you to two of my favorites.
If you start eating lean cuts of meat you’ll find that you