Let's say, you are wanting to get started on a diet or training program. Maybe you know what kind of diet you want to follow, maybe you don't.
This may be your first diet attempt, it may be your 100th. Either way, you want to give it a go.
The first thing you should do is take a real good look at what you are eating now. An honest look. I recommend the MyFitnessPal app. And I am not talking about what you think your diet foods will look like. Or what you think you are "supposed" to be eating. I am talking about what you are actually eating. ALL of it!! Even the the things that you think may be "naughty" or "bad". You need to log everything that goes into your mouth for at least a week. Then ask yourself, is this about normal for me? Was this week a good example of how I eat normally?
Before you begin cutting calories, you need to see how many you bring in on a regular basis! How many calories has your body where it is at right now?
Then before you start following a recommendation of how many calories you "should be" eating you need to know what you are eating. This app WILL give you a goal number based on your height, weight, activity level, and goal. But for the first week, don't worry about that number, just log your intake. No pressure! Just honesty.