This method would involve keeping a diary of foods you eat every day. You and a dietitian come up with the amount of calories you should have each day based on your goals. You decide how a food might fit into your plan. Say you desire to eat something that is 600 calories and your allotment for the day is 1,500. You would then decide how to “spend” the remaining 900 calories. By using calorie counting, you can also decide on your portion size. Perhaps you’ll have “room” for a double portion of rice or maybe you only have enough calories left to have just a half portion.
The drawback of calorie counting is that it is tedious and time consuming. Plus, you need a very accurate calorie counter. But most of all, it leaves nutritional choices completely up to you. If you are diligent and wise, you’ll be sure to eat healthy vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat. But not everyone can resist the temptations of eating ice cream and cheeseburgers to get to their daily levels.