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COUNTING CALORIES HELPS KEEP BODY WEIGHT IN CHECK

Claudia posted on January 15, 2014, 02:30
COUNTING CALORIES HELPS KEEP BODY WEIGHT IN CHECK
With the winter holidays a fond memory, many of us are trying to stick to our New Year’s weight loss resolutions. One technique for taking off the pounds is counting calories.
What are calories?

Calories are unit measurements of the energy stored in foods and drinks. Our bodies
require a certain number of calories each day. Even sleep burns calories! But if we don’t
burn all the calories we take in, “unused” calories are stored as “extra” body weight in the
form of fat, which can contribute to health problems like hypertension, diabetes and
coronary heart disease.

So how many calories do you need each day?
COUNTING CALORIES HELPS KEEP BODY WEIGHT IN CHECK
The answer is different for everyone and varies based on age, gender and physical activity. It is a good idea to confirm your ideal number with a healthcare provider. But in general the suggested calorie intake can range:
  • For females, from 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day.
  • • For males, from 2,000 to 2,400 calories per day.

The calorie content of many of the foods we eat are included on most food packages. And
you can find the estimated calorie content of non-packaged foods on numerous web sites
and apps. With your calorie intake target in mind, you can monitor your diet to ensure that
you are not consuming more calories than you burn each day. And that’s a sure fire way to
lose weight over time.

Get your calories from nutrient-dense foods
COUNTING CALORIES HELPS KEEP BODY WEIGHT IN CHECK
Try to be conscious of the kinds of calories you consume, as well as how many. For example, calories from foods rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals are nearly always better choices than calories from foods with a high fat and sugar content. If you’re limiting your daily calorie intake, you want to be sure you’re getting the most nutrition from every single calorie.
Throughout our store you will find helpful shelf tags and signs offering a range of nutrition information, such as "Low Sodium" or "Good Source of Fiber" among others. If you’re counting calories, these tags will point you toward food choices that will pack a real nutrition punch for every calorie consumed. Once you spot the tags on the shelves, take some time to study the nutrition information to become familiar with the calories per serving. It might seem a little tedious at first but after a while you will start to get a general idea for the calorie content in similar types of foods.
Lose Weight Safely

Counting calories along with exercise to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week is the weight loss
method most recommended by registered dietitians. It’s understandable that people trying
to lose weight want to lose it quickly. However, research shows that losing weight gradually
(about 1 to 2 pounds per week) makes it easier to keep the weight off. Remember that
falling out of shape happens over time, so getting back into shape is going to take some
time as well.

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Abby
October 27, 2016, 10:39
Good information thank you :)
October 27, 2016, 10:40
I cannot thank you enough for the blog. Fantastic.
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