Counting Calories and Weight Loss
Many people fret upon the idea of having to count calories in their daily
diet, with reasonable justification. The one problem is is that there is a
lot of hype regarding the process of counting calories, and another problem
is that most people don't even know how to put that caloric information to
work. It's all a very simple concept, and a simple process once you
understand the basics.
First of all, let us get the facts down about calories themselves and
what they are. A calorie is essentially a unit of energy. When a calorie is
used, it's burned as energy. Macronutrients are all made up of calories.
There are three primary macronutrients, and we've all heard about them.
Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat. One gram of protein and carbohydrates
contain 4 calories, and one gram of fat contain 9 calories (thus you can see
why fat is a major culprit.)
Now how do macronutrients and their calories all correlate to weight
loss? It's a simple principle that professionals in the fitness industry
refer to as "Calories in vs. Calories out".
The "Calories In" portion represents the amount of food you're consuming
on a daily basis. Remember, all of the food you eat comes equipped with food
labels, which all contain macronutrients, which contain calories. All of us
generally follow a "diet plan" even if we don't follow one intentionally. We
all have certain foods we eat at certain times, and we can average that
information out. What you need to do is spend some time figuring out how
many calories all of those foods amount to, in an average day. Once you have
this number, you will know how many calories you're taking in per day.
The "Calories Out" portion represents the amount of calories your body
burns on a daily basis. You burn calories through two ways. One way is
through involuntary means, which is referred to as your Basal Metabolic
Rate. The many functions your body performs like your beating heart, brain
functions, lungs, digestive system, etc... all require energy (calories) to
function and they burn a lot of calories throughout the day. The second way
to burn calories is through physical activity (voluntary action). You can
visit the weight loss programs
website to take a free fitness profile which will help you determine how
many calories your burning on a daily basis.
Now here is where we bring it together. If the amount of calories your
burning is fewer than the amount of calories you're taking in per day, you
will gain weight. If they're equal to each other, you won't lose or gain
weight. And if you're burning more calories than what you're taking in, you
will obviously begin to lose weight. From there, it's only a matter of
determining an approach in which you can control your diet by cutting back
calories, and reinforcing your weight loss efforts by burning more calories
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