How to count calories

Here is an endocrinologist working to lose weight in order to better understand what his patients are ‘enduring.’ He’s doing this in a public forum. A very brave doctor and well worth reading.

Loosing 6 pounds in 5 weeks

When asked about losing weight, one of my professors told me that it is very simple. According to him weight gain or loss is a net result of calorie intake and calorie expenditure. Sounds easy right? But in practice this is difficult, that’s what I learned during last week.

First of all you should know how much calories you consume every day.  How do you calculate this?

  1. Read the food labels.

 Nutrition label


Serving size – As you can see in the above label for a biscuit, serving size is 1 piece. All the nutritional info that follows is based on the serving size.

So if you eat 1 biscuit you get 100 calories. Of which 50 calories comes from fat. As a rule of thumb, try to restrict the calories from fat to less than one third of the total calories. So for the above biscuit ideally total calories…

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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