I don't mean to sound like an idiot but i'm really confused about this whole calorie counting thing. I want to start the massive eating program but i'm not sure about how to go about it.
This is what gets me. According to nutritiondata.com a 140g peice of chicken has 231 calories, 45 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. If 1g of protein = 4 calories (4x45=172), and 1g of fat is 9 calories (5x9=45), that adds up to 217 calories. Obviously the chicken isnt made only from protein and fat so the other 14 calories are the other stuff in the peice of meat. So how could i count this as part of my diet if i want say 5000 calories a day?
Would i count it as 172 calories from protein and 45 calories from fat and make sure that all my carbs, fat, and protein calories were 5000 a day?
If i did it that way, then in reality I would be getting a lot more than 5000 calories a day, once you add everything together.
Is it like this. I add all the calories total together (so i would take that 231 calories from the chickens total calories and get 5000 by the end of the day) and then add all my total calories from carbs, fat, and protein into a seperate number (lower than 5000) and make sure that i am getting the recommended proportions of 50% protein, 35% carbs, and 15% fat?
I HOPE i just didnt confuse the hell out of those of you that read this, I tried to exlain it as clearly as I could. I really want to start this diet but i am totally confused about how to go about doing so as this is the first time I have ever attempted to watch what i eat.
If someone could take the time and explain this to me i would REALLY REALLY appreciate it.