While your weight loss plan may include many factors, don't forget that "calories do count," Lisa stresses. "And the kind of calories count as well. I am not saying that it doesn’t matter where the calories come from at all, but calories do count and some people don’t believe that. They say, 'well as long as I’m making choices and I’m eating all natural, organic whole foods then it doesn’t matter how many calories I’m taking.' And that’s definitely not true."
To keep track of those calories, Lisa keeps a notes in a draft email in her inbox, and at the end of the day figures out roughly how much she's had. This helps her plan her meals better. "I think that the most successful people, if they’re trying to lose or even maintain weight, are people that can think ahead. If you know you’re going out to dinner, and you know you want to make certain choices that night, alter how you eat throughout the day. Don’t starve yourself, but don’t make the bad choices during the day if you know you want to splurge a little at dinner."