Whether calorie counting is your solution to weight loss depends on a couple factors: how consistently you're tracking and how accurately. One common rookie mistake online health coach Ivica Fridrih pointed out on Instagram is measuring foods in both their raw and cooked forms. Notice in the photo above how the amount of calories change in their cooked state. For example, 100 grams of raw chicken breast contains 115 calories and 23 g of protein, while cooked chicken breast increases to 165 calories and 31 g of protein.
So if you've been measuring your foods in both states, your numbers are probably inaccurate. "I see many beginner dieters making this mistake, they count raw calories but weigh in cooked food or vice versa," Ivica wrote in his caption. "If you are doing this, it may be the reason why you have not been losing/gaining weight as you thought you would."
Luckily, there's an easy fix for this! Keep your measurements consistent by weighing and counting raw food or cooked food, not both. And remember that if tracking is becoming tedious, it won't be an effective method in the long run.