If you believe that losing weight is very much possible via calorie counting, then it becomes essential to record the number of calories being consumed and compare it against the required calorie amount. Usually, tracking this on a daily basis is necessary to know the changes taking place in terms of calories in your body every week. You can do this either by maintaining a food journal or via an Excel spreadsheet, of which the latter is an automated way. Rather than consuming and tracking at random intervals, follow the footsteps of fitness models who insert the details of foods and meals consumed daily in a spreadsheet to grab a good amount of control on what is being eaten.
The details entered in a spreadsheet are the same as the ones written in a food journal. Right from the food you ate to the macro-nutrient breakdown, everything needs to be inserted by you. Only the calculation part of counting the total calories is automated by the Excel spreadsheet. As an example you would have a description of each food item along with the calorie count and that can be totaled for each day. So Calories in Egg whites would be 17 per large egg. You could also include other information like fat content, so Almond Milk could be entered with the respective calorie count and that it has 1.5g of fat per cup.
Now, one might say that maintaining a spreadsheet is very boring and unsustainable. However, the underlying fact is that there is no problem if one can stick to it. This is because eating quite precisely in terms of required calories is very much required if you want to lose weight. Moreover, you come to know about your hunger cravings, habits, and healthy foods to eat to not only shed off those extra calories but also to feel satiated and fresh. So, the debate on maintaining a spreadsheet for counting calories is totally subjective.