Find Out How Many Calories You Need in a Day
Before you start counting calories, it's important to figure out how many calories you need to eat in a day. Cortland West, who lost over 80 pounds, used the Lose It! app to determine her daily caloric needs.
"When you first start using Lose It!, it will ask for your basic information (age, weight, height, etc.) and then it will calculate for you the amount of calories you will need to eat in a day to either maintain your weight or lose half a pound a week, one pound a week, one-and-a-half pounds a week, two pounds a week, etc., depending on what your goals are," she told POPSUGAR.
If you don't want to use a weight-loss app like Lose It!, you can also use this formula to determine what your total daily caloric intake should be.