When I get overwhelmed, I appreciate getting information in a simple and no-nonsense way. These two resources above got me through that overwhelming feeling when I started to really think about food and what I should be eating to lose weight.
I went label-reading, calorie-counting wild for a few weeks. It was madness. I obsessed over every fat gram and calorie in, every calorie I burned working out, and if the scale didn't reflect changes from day to day, I toiled over the reasons why.
Once I realized I was being silly, I took a step back and just decided to record what I was eating and record progress from week to week, not day to day. I opened a new Excel spreadsheet on my work computer and made columns.
First column was food name. Then the measurement, because sometimes I have more and sometimes less. Then calories. Then carbs. Then protein. I'd fill out my plan for the day, and then use the Sum function in Excel so that the calorie, carb and protein columns were totaled at the bottom.
I figured out how many calories to start with per day by using this calculator: http://www.kriskris.com/how-many-calories-should-i-eat-a-day/
Again, no nonsense which I like.
So I'd strive to stay 500 calories lower than my basal metabolic rate, have 150 grams of carbs or less, and as much protein as I could stand. It was a start to learning more about what foods are better, what are worse. In general, I shy away from non-natural foods. No 100 calorie snack pack type things and limited low-fat items because if you really pay attention, the "bad" stuff is still there, just in a different form like elevated sodium levels.
To figure out how many calories I was burning while working out, I got a heart-rate monitor from Polar:
I had a job with Polar many years ago, and really admire them as a company. They walked the walk, with a gym they built in their own building, all of their salespeople were athletes, and they attended and sponsored a lot of fitness events for charity. The band you wear around your chest is not weird. I thought it would be, and couldn't believe it when people would say they didn't even feel it, but it's true.
I plan on sharing the foods I eat and what is good and isn't, but wanted to just share that it's normal to get obsessed or overwhelmed for a little while. It's better than not caring or not learning though, and if you do it well, it will eventually become second nature.
Thanks for reading :)