I've decided to start dieting(a healthy amount) and exercising in order to get back in shape and lose the winter weight I gained. However, I feel like there's different ways one can go about counting calories, so I'm wondering what works best for other people. You could write down everything you eat throughout the day and then add it up at the end, or maybe do you write down the calorie contents of things as you're doing it so you keep a running tally? Do you just keep numbers in your head and don't use paper? Do you use something like fitday or do you keep a list of calorie contents of foods you eat? Do you measure out your food with actual measuring cups, or do you just eye it and estimate? And what about meals that you make that there isn't a calorie content for, for example a lot of times I'll make flavored rice with beans and mixed veggies all mixed together. How am I supposed to know the calorie content of that??