Calculate Your Calorie Counting with this Free Calorie Counting Plan for Weight Loss
Are you looking for some additional help for counting calories that’s free? Look no further as the National Institutes of Health offers a free calorie counter to help you count calories and plan your weight loss goals.
In a recent issue of Time magazine online, dieters are made aware that you don’t have to spend so much time scratching your head trying to work out just how many calories per day you need to burn to lose a specific amount of weight. The government actually provides a free NIH calculator called the “Body Weight Planner” that helps you match your weight loss wishes against an exact calorie count and exercise regimen to meet your weight loss goals.
According to Time magazine, the Body Weight Planner has been around for a while, but has been modified for public use due to its popularity.
“We originally intended the Body Weight Planner as a research tool, but so many people wanted to use it for their own weight management that we knew we needed to adapt it with more information about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle,” said Kevin Hall, PhD, one of the creators of the tool and a senior investigator at the NIH.
So how does it work? For starters, the calculator requires that you enter in your weight, age, sex and an estimate on a scale of 1.4 (sedentary) to 2.5 (very active) of your activity level in addition to your goal weight and the date you would like to achieve that goal. This feature is great for those who have a future wedding date party in mind and would like to know what it will take to lose a specific amount of weight in time for the event.
The planner then works with you by requesting a percentage of increase in exercise effort you are willing to adopt, and then responds with examples of the type of exercise you need to do, how much, how often and at what intensity level it will take you to get there.
The Body Weight Planner will then list for you:
• The daily number of calories you’ll need to eat to maintain your current weight
• The calories you’ll need to reach your goal in your specified time
• The calories you’ll need to maintain your goal once you’ve met it
According to Time magazine, further help is available via a SuperTracker meal planning tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to help create a meal plan to match your calculated calorie counts from the Body Weight Planner.
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Reference: TIME―“Find Out How Many Calories to Cut for Weight Loss”