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How effective is calorie counting?

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I was just wondering, based on my calorie count I have been burning more calories then Im injesting so in theory I should be losing weight, but it seems the amount of carbs I am eating is higher then anything else, so even though im eating less then Im burning am I still going to lose weight? And how many calories a week would approximatley do you need to burn to lose a pound?Undecided
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Is it effective?  Read this thread, then you tell me...

Have you lost 100 lbs?

3500 calories makes one pound.  So if you cut 500 a day from the amount you burn, you'll lose a pound a week.

Calories are really the only thing that matters when it comes to losing weight. So, yes, if you are eating less calories than what you are burning, then you should lose weight.

A healthy diet includes a good mix of carbs, protein, and fat. I don't know the exact percentages, by you should be eating more carbs than anything (around 50% of your calories).

3500 calories = 1lb, so in 1 week you should try to cut out 500 calories a day to lose a pound.
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I eat approximately 50% carbs in my diet, and I've lost 10 pounds since December 20th (even allowing for Christmas, New Years Eve, and my wife's birthday!).  The only reason I've lost is because I've been tracking my calories - in fact, studies have shown time and again that the most effective way to lose weight is to keep a food diary or calorie count of some kind.

And the rule of thumb is 3500 calories == 1 pound of fat, so if you have a 500 calorie deficiency per day you'll lose 1 pound a week.

Thanks everyone That helps alot
I wasn't losing weight. My trainer kept yelling at me "eat healthy" and I always responded "I AM!". I was adamant about it. Being an engineer I know the simple equation is to eat less than you burn in calories to lose weight. But then I took a harder look at the quantities I was eating and realized I was under counting them. I am being more honest with myself and entering more accurate quantities, and also waiting until I know I am hungry, and have finally started dropping again.
How effective is it? I always thought I 'couldn't' diet successfully, and I've lost 23 pounds in ten weeks! Carbohydrates in themselves are not evil - your body needs them just as much as it needs protein and fat - but they tend to be so energy-dense that it's easy to eat far more than you need. Calorie counting forces you to cut the quantity, and if you stick to it, you WILL lose weight!

To me, the most effective aspect of calorie counting is getting into good habits.  When you spend a week calorie counting, you start to get a better feel for how much you should be putting into your body.  I usually can't calorie count for a long period of time, but it does make a great start for me getting into good habits.

I'm hoping that by joining this website, it will make calorie counting easier so that I stick with my new years resolutions longer :)

*crosses fingers* 

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Ive been doing the cal count thing and some brisk walking and weight training for about 7 or 8 days, with an average daily deficit of about 800, and my weight is the same as one week ago. Discouraging. But friends and fam actually say my face looks way thinner which is cool b/c when I gain weight it makes my face looks alot fatter
Absolutely.  I've been tracking for 10 days and am down 6 lbs.  I haven't increased my activity level either, which was really only a half hour walk every day.  I've followed other programs before and have never had as much success as I am now.
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