If you’re on a fat loss diet at the moment, one of the top things that you must be doing if you want to see optimal success is making sure that you are keeping tabs on how many calories you’re eating throughout the day.

Whether you like it or not, your calorie intake is going to be one of the primary determinants of whether or not you proceed to move onward and see the fat loss results taking place that you had hoped for.

If you don’t eat the right amount of calories, it doesn’t really matter what foods you’re eating, you won’t be creating the energy deficit required for the body to burn up body fat tissue.

So getting this straight is the first step for success. Sadly though, most people hate the thought of calorie counting and as soon as the topic comes up, they shudder and back away.

Calorie counting doesn’t have to be such a nuisance as so many people make it out to be however as long as you keep a few simple tips in mind. With the right approach, you will find that it becomes far easier and maintaining or losing body weight is now something you can be successful with.
Here’s what to know.

1. Make Use Of A Phone Application

First, make sure that you are putting all those applications that have been developed to good use. There are so many websites out there now that allow you to input the foods that you’re eating and they will tell you how many calories are found in those foods.

Start using these religiously. It’s a great way to get to know how many calories are in many foods you like to consume and it’ll tally your total as you go about your day.

Since these are available both for cell phones as well as computers, you can virtually access it at any point throughout the day. You can either choose to add up the foods as you go, or some people prefer to just do this at days end. Either way works as long as you do get it done at some point throughout the 24 hour period.

2. Purchase Good Cookbooks

The next thing to remember is to purchase good cookbooks that have the calorie value stated for you. Most health minded cookbooks will do this and allow you to easily integrate the meals they contain right into your diet plan.
Find a cookbook that is targeted towards healthy eating and you’ll find the macro-nutrients listed along with, in some cases, the micro-nutrients as well (vitamins, minerals, etc).

The more healthy eating cookbooks you have on hand to use, the less boring your diet will feel and the easier you will be able to stay the course on the plan.

3. Keep Your Meals Relatively Similar

Another smart move if you are serious about reaching your goal weight and don’t want to spend too much time cooking and planning out your meals is to keep your meals relatively similar throughout the week.
While some people do need a high amount of variety to actually stick with a plan so this won’t work for them, for many people, as long as they get some variety on a week to week basis, they have no problem eating the same foods daily for a while.

This way, you really only have to plan that one meal once and then just keep repeating it.

If you can come up with four to five classics for each main meal you eat, then you can just cycle through these with your meal plan and you’ll always know that you’re eating about how much you should to see the weight loss results you desire.

Remember that you can always add more variety through the use of spices as well, which are calorie free so won’t cause any change in the nutritional content of that meal.

4. Learn To Eyeball Portion Sizes

Taking the time to learn how to eyeball portion sizes will also make calorie counting easier, especially in times when you aren’t preparing your own foods.

As you go about your diet at home, measure out the foods you eat so that you can see visually how much a single serving looks like on your plate.

If you do this often enough, then you’ll just know about how much you should be eating on a daily basis and you’ll no longer really have to measure it out each and every time.

At this stage, calorie counting will become far more automatic and something you do without really having to think about the math.

You’ll just add portions and know you’re on track.

5. Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

Finally, the last thing that you can do to help make calorie counting a bit easier is to give yourself some wiggle room.

For instance, if your daily target is 2000 calories, plan to eat 1800. This way, if you aren’t quite on with your calorie counting because you don’t want to obsess about it, you won’t have to worry – you can overshoot a bit and still be on target.

And if you don’t overshoot, then you’ll be one step ahead as you will have created a slightly larger deficit for that day overall.

So keep these quick tips in mind as you go about your weight loss dieting. If you make sure that you get some good habits in place to make sure that you are calorie counting accurately and keeping tabs on your energy deficit, weight loss will be on the way shortly.

Author's Bio: 

Shannon Clark holds a Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Performance and is a certified AFLCA personal trainer. She has been working in the health and fitness industry for the last 12 years and writes for FitRated.com, a leading exercise equipment site and blog. View the top reviewed elliptical of 2013.