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Calorie Counting Made Easy
Counting the number of calories you consume daily is a must if you want to reach your goal weight. After all, how will the "calories in, calories out" weight-loss formula work if you have no idea how many you eat every day?

Getting an accurate calorie tally is easy on days when you can measure all the meals and snacks you prepare with the help of measuring cups and a scale. Once you've measured, you can get the right number by adding up the calories based on portion size. But, how can you estimate calories when you can't measure ahead of time?

If you find yourself in a situation where you can't measure your servings, here are some useful tips for assessing portion sizes using your hand: <UL>
<LI>The size of your fist is roughly equal to a cup-size serving of cereal, wild rice, black beans, etc. <LI>The size of your thumb is roughly equal to an ounce-size serving of cheese. <LI>The center of your palm of your hand, without fingers, is roughly equal to a 3-ounce serving of fish, chicken, beef, and so on. </LI>[/list]I told you it was easy! Now you have no excuse to blow your calorie limit for the day!