Eating Less by Counting
Don’t focus on how much you eat, instead on the value of what you eat
“The only impossible journey is one you never begin.”
Energy is calories stored in food that we eat daily. A person uses calories when he does physical activity by burning it. Gaining weight occurs when someone consumes more calories than they burn through physical activities. Unused calories pile up in the body and will turn into fats which store inside the body until the body needs it in the future. As such, calories are easier to burn off as compared with fats as the latter will only burn once the former gets used all up.
To lose weight, the individual needs to consume lesser calories than what he/she burns throughout the day. This technique allows the body to use up the storage fats located inside the body slowly, which leads to weight loss.
Calorie counting is precise depending on age, race, and gender. As a rule of thumb, Women need to consume 1500 per day calories to lose weight and 2000 calories per day to maintain their current weight. On the other hand, men need to consume 2000 calories to lose weight and 2500 calories to maintain their current weight.
Tips for Calorie Counting:
- Increase the protein content of your meals. Protein increases the body’s metabolism and reduces appetite.
- Eat less sugar. Sugar increases the risk of obesity and diabetes.
- Drink more water. Water helps burn off calories.
- Exercise. Working off stops muscle loss and improves metabolism
- Stop eating empty calories. Empty calories are high in calorie count but contain little to no nutritional value.