Since I've been losing weight and/or trying to keep it off, calorie counts on products and menu boards have been very helpful.

I have a couple of sheets of paper with foods listed on them and I stick to that as much as possible.

(I've surprised myself with my eating habits. Pleasantly surprised.)

But sometimes that isn't the easiest thing in the world to do.

So I've resorted to calorie counting. But I don't want to make it sound like that's a pain in the butt by using the WORD "resorted."

It's not.

It's only difficult when I go somewhere and calorie counts aren't listed.

This whole calorie counting thing has really been working for me and I want to keep it up.

Well, today's the day that becomes a whole lot easier.

The Food and Drug Administration has set May 7th, 2018 as a deadline for all restaurants who haven't done so to post calorie counts on their menus and menu boards.

The same will go for vending machines although those calorie labels may not appear on glass-front machines until July.

The FDA has also compiled a list of where you WON'T be finding calorie information about food or drinks.

But I've seen the list--which includes bottles of liquor behind a bar and deli food, among others--and it makes sense.

So what do you think? Will this be helpful to you like it is to me?