Understanding Calorie Intake
To maintain or lose weight, you must manage your calorie intake. A calorie is what your body needs for energy. The number of calories in a food is the amount of energy it provides. However, if you eat more calories than what your body needs, your body stores the calories as fat and you gain weight. The key to healthy eating without being overweight is to eat the right number of calories every day.
You can go online and use a calorie calculator to determine how many calories you need to eat each day to maintain your weight. The right number depends on your age, weight and height as well as your gender. There isn’t a one-size fits all method to determining how many calories you need. A woman usually needs fewer than a man; younger people generally need more calories than older people.
Calorie Intake to Lose Weight
Once you determine how many calories you need to maintain your weight, all you must do is eat fewer to lose weight. This sounds easy, but it is often difficult. Many people opt to exercise because to help them lose weight since it means they must use the stored fat for energy if they are eating fewer calories.
Your body gets used to eating a certain number of calories even if its more than you need. You get hungry and crave those extra calories, but you must restrict your calorie intake to lose weight.
Not All Calories are the Same
Yes, a calorie is a calorie. However, some foods will help you stay fuller longer than others. For instance, you can eat fewer calories with a hamburger or grilled chicken and feel fuller longer than if you ate even more calories in junk food.
When eating to be healthy and lose or maintain weight, you must think about other nutritional value along with the number of calories you’re eating. Look especially at the amount of protein (to help you stay full longer) and the amount of carbs (for energy). It’s important to know the calories in food, but it’s only a first step at nutritional eating.