Counting calories to lose weight seems like a pretty easy approach—after all, it’s simple math. But it can actually be more complex and harder to do than you’d think.
“Counting calories can be a helpful tool toward helping people achieve weight loss because losing weight is a balance between calories in equaling less than calories out,” says Beth Warren, RDN, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food. “However, this is an oversimplified approach that is not as clear cut as it seems.” New York-based RD Jessica Cording agrees. “This isn’t for everyone, but for people who do well with structure, it helps them figure out how to spread out intake and can help them stay organized,” she says.