Our diets are made up of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. Within these three categories there are "good" and "bad" choices. So after we determine the proper amount of total calories we should consume, based on our unique metabolism and life style, we then need to decide how to divide those calories between Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat.
The are plenty of websites and software that can help with these calculations. I use "Balance Log" by Health Tech. You put in your vital statistics and the program helps you choose your foods and monitor your complete diet and exercise plan. The advantage of using a program or website is it maintains your focus and provides you we immediate information and feedback.
Each of us will respond differently to the balance of Carbs, Protein and Fat so we must monitor and tailor or program to meet our unique situation. The advantage of building a program like this is that it is a lifestyle not a temporary diet. It is a means of monitoring what you eat and how it affects your body.
The choice of Carbs, Protein and Fat is also important. I try to stay away from solid animal fat and other fats choosing to go mostly with olive oil. I also choose lean sources of protein. Mostly chicken, eggs, and whey protein. However, I can't resist a good T-bone once a week! With Carbohydrates, choose low sugar and starch Carbs. Stay away from refined sugar and flour. And drink plenty of good pure water!
Grace and Peace,