Nutritional Value Vs Calorie Counting
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People looking to lose weight quite often resort to counting the calories of everything they eat in an attempt to gain a better understanding of which foods are responsible for their weight gain.
The typical person is suppose to consume approximately 1800 calories per day. Naturally, this number varies greatly from person to person based on body weight, metabolism, activity level and many more variables. With very little exceptions, all weight loss diets will suggest a reduced calorie intake in an attempt to produce a calorie deficit.
Drastically reducing your calories is a quick solution mindset that usually fails 9 times out of 10. Calories should not be viewed as the enemy. For sustainable, long lasting results, one has to make lifestyle changes and alter their relationship towards the consumption of food.
The practice of counting calories as a habitual habit is not recommended. But when used as a temporary method to evaluate one’s diet and to provide the necessary information to make Healthy life changing diet decisions, calorie counting can be quite useful. Don’t over complicate the process when you are starting out or you get overwhelmed and give up. Just simple record everything you are putting in your mouth for the first 3 weeks and don’t make any dietary adjustments until the end of the three week period.
Once you been counting calories for awhile you should start to notice the focus really isn’t about how many calories each food item contains but how much nutritional value that food item brings to the table. Your carbohydrate filled processed foods, fast food burgers and microwave dinners provide lots of calories but fulfill very little of your daily nutritional needs.
The calories found in fruit and vegetables need to merit a higher priority in your dietary choices since they also provide all the valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to maintain optimum health.
Do not forget that beverages also contribute a lot when it comes to adding more calories in your body. There are a lot of people who think that they are already cutting down the amount of calories that they ingest daily by picking the right types of food. Unfortunately, they also indulge in soda, artificial fruit drinks, beer and other types of high-calorie drinks. Doing this will negate everything.
Now having the calorie content data of each of the food items you have been consuming, you are able to start examining your diet in greater detail. There might discover quite a few surprises and now that you are armed with this information, you’ll be able to avoid making detrimental diet selections.
Nowadays, the use of iPhones and other fancy handhelds makes keeping track of your daily intake very easy. Make sure to record everything, food and drink. If start forgetting to record certain food items, on purpose or by mistake, you will only be doing yourself a disservice.
Calorie counting also includes taking note of the amount of calories that you burn everytime you exercise. If you are really targeting to lose weight, the diet has to be paired up with a proper workout.
So to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit somehow. Calorie deficit simply being burning more calories than you consume. And of course, the easiest and safest way to do this is by incorporating some exercises into your daily life.
If a proper diet is combined with regular exercise, the body uses up the fat stored on your body and this results in happy weight loss.
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