If you’re interested in eating a healthier diet, one of the most important things I can recommend is to count your calories using a free online calorie counter like FitDay.com.
The goal of calorie counting here is not to restrict your intake of food altogether, but to eat ENOUGH calories of the healthy stuff (whole raw plant foods, but also whole cooked plant foods for those not eating 100% raw) and only limit your intake of processed foods, animal products and fat rich foods.
The greater percentage of your total calories that come from healthy carbohydrate rich plant foods like fruits and vegetables, the fewer calories will come from the less healthy stuff that makes you not look or feel your best.
Low fat plant based diets have been shown to have an exceptional number of health benefits ranging from long term weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity (good for diabetics), decreased risk for stroke and heart attack, decreased incidence of arthritis, osteoporosis, various cancers and increased longevity.
The only way to know for sure how much fat is in your diet when starting out is to use a calorie counter. Just using a program like FitDay a few times a week then would be of enormous benefit to most people’s health and living a longer disease-free life.
To make this easier for everyone, including the less computer-savvy, I’ve written a free step-by-step introductory guide to using FitDay for counting your calories and objectively monitoring your fat intake. It can be downloaded from the Recommended Resources page. Feel free to distribute it to anyone you think it may be of help.
Hope you’re having a great summer!