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Why Calorie Counting Will Always Be Flawed [Infographic]

You can meticulously count every single Jelly Bean or lick of peanut butter you’ve had, then calculate the number of calories you’ve burned to offset them. But this actually hurts your weight loss efforts (and sanity) more than it helps. Here’s why you shouldn’t rely on “calories in” and “calories out”.

FindMyMacros Finds Nearby Restaurants That Fit Your Eating Plan

iOS/Android: Pancakes, burrito bowls and pizza sound good after a tiring workout, but it can be a challenge to eat out without blowing up your eating plan. FindMyMacros is a mobile app that helps you stay on track by figuring out which foods to eat based on your calorie and macronutrient goals.

Eat This Much Brings Automatic Meal Planning To Android

Android: Eat This Much, the previously mentioned meal planning app that automatically generates menus and shopping lists for you, used to be iOS only. Now it’s available for Android too, and it’s brought some useful new features along for the ride.

For Accurate Kilojoule Counts, Don't Track Your Activities

Diet and exercise are both important parts of a weight loss plan, but kilojoule or calorie counting apps are only good at tracking half of the equation: diet. Logging your activities can skew your sense of how many kilojoules you should be eating.

Ask LH: Are Meal Replacement Shakes Healthy And/Or Useful?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a coworker who swears by meal replacement shakes. I was shocked to see that her brand of choice cost over $150 per container! Is there any reason to believe these shakes are actually helping her? Better yet, are there other options I could convince her to use instead? I’m worried she’s drinking the Kool-Aid of a very expensive fad.

'You Lose Weight In The Kitchen, You Gain Health In The Gym'

You can’t eat total crap and then bust your butt exercising to magically erase those kilojoules: It’s not that simple. If you want to make longer lasting, healthier changes, what and how much you eat is far more important than how much you exercise.

This Video Explains Which Types Of Beer And Cocktails Can Ruin Your Diet

You probably know that drinking alcohol adds calories to your diet, but some drinks are less worth splurging on than others. This video explains which drinks give you a decent alcohol per kilojoule ratio, and which drinks you should always avoid if you’re watching your intake.

Lack Of Rest Might Be What's Giving You The Munchies

If you feel like you’ve been snacking more than usual, a recent study suggests your munchies are being caused by a lack of rest.

How Your Food Choices Are Influenced By Outside Factors

Following a healthy diet can be hard. From deciding when and what to eat to how much food you actually put on your plate, the average person makes over 200 food-related decisions each day, most of which are automatic. These automatic choices — dubbed “mindless eating” by some experts — happen when we eat and drink without consciously considering what kind of or how much food to consume. We’ll keep eating from a bowl of chips past the point of fullness simply because they’re in front of us.

Why Diet Matters More Than Exercise For Weight Loss, In One Video

If you want to lose weight, diet and exercise are both important. However, that doesn’t mean they’re equally important. This video explains why changing your diet has a bigger effect on your weight loss than exercise.

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