Why you need a calorie chart.
Before we get into the benefits of counting calories, you might like to know what a calorie actually is.
A calorie is a way of measuring food energy. Basically it is a metric unit used to measure food energy. It is the energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 C. about 4.2 kilojoules. It is a bit more technical but the bottom line is this; The more energy you use the more calories you burn.
How will a calorie chart help?
A calorie chart will give you all the information you need about the number of calories in all types of food. It will enable you to purchase the right types of food to keep the calories down.
Will eating less calories help me to lose weight?
It certainly will. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Here’s the bad news. Many of those foods are the ones you really like, think, cakes, biscuits, lollies and pasta all have a high calorie count. There is some truth in the saying, “A minute on the lips a lifetime on hips.”
The easiest weight loss plan on the planet.
In a nutshell, use more calories than you consume. Calories not used are stored as fat for latter use. Oops that just made it the hardest weight loss plan! That’s where a calorie chart can be a real benefit. It will definitely help you to control your calorie intake.
How many calories do you need a day?
The amount of calories is determined by things such as, height, weight, age and sex. Yes that’s male or female, but don’t be disappointed, sex is a very good exercise and will burn lots of calories.
A very rough guide says that an active woman needs about 2,000 calories per day. An active man needs about 2,500 per day.
Reduce calories slowly.
Research has shown that if you lose weight gradually it is more likely to stay off. On average a reduction of 300 to 500 calories a day will help you to lose weight but don’t try to loose this amount on your first day. Gradually extend the amount of calories you lose each day until you are at your level. Then keep at that until you have lost the amount of weight you have set.
If you have questions about your personal requirements see your physician or dietician.
What do I need to do?
Use your calorie chart to find out what will give you most energy for the least amount of calories. Remember calories are energy and your body needs energy all the time. Even when you are asleep your body is using energy so you must eat the right amount of food to retain a healthy balance.
Easy first steps.
Consult your calorie chart to find the best foods for your energy level. Remove things like soft drinks, sugary foods, fast foods and high carbohydrate foods from your diet. Cut down gradually so that your body can get used to the change. Swap high calorie snacks for nuts, fruits and vegetables.
The benefits of a Calorie Chart.
If you use a calorie chart to eat the right types of food and have a balanced diet, you will experience several benefits. If you restrict your calorie intake you should:
- Start to lose weight.
- Your energy level will remain more balanced.
- Bowel movement should be more regular.
- Appearance of your skin will improve and can also improve mood swings.
Will it be time consuming? Using a calorie chart will take a little time at the start but you will soon become familiar with it. Over time you will need to consult it less and less as you gain a better understanding of you diet.
Information on foodstuff. All packaged food has nutritional information printed on it. Be aware that refined and processed food contain more calories and don’t let’s get started on comfort food!
The other side of the coin is that you can burn off more calories by doing exercises. This will not only help the reduction of calories, it will also tone up flesh and muscles as weight is lost.
A calorie chart can be a valuable tool to help you maintain weight and stay healthy.
Remember too many calories mean you gain weight, too few and you lose weight. Once you are at the weight level that is best for you, get a nice balance of eating and exercise to keep your calorie count right.