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Understanding Calories For Better Health

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Understanding Calories For Better Health
All over the world people struggle with weight loss and calorie tracking. Many try and try, and
still cannot make sense of the relation between calorie loss and overall weight loss. In fact, a
huge percentage of people keep going through the same old routine of beginning a workout,
hoping to see some difference in their overall appearance with enough exercise and ignoring
the exact number of calories lost. This approach will only end up with the person finally giving
up because losing inches takes a wider time frame.
The chances of continuing and achieving results through workout regimen increases when you
set goals in terms of calories, not in terms of inches reduced. Tracking calories actually bears
result, because every day workout is sure to reduce some amount of calories. But for that to
happen, you need to track calories appropriately, which in turn needs explaining as to how and
why it’s done.
What are calories?
Many feel that calories are a measure of food consumed, which is completely wrong.
Calorie is actually the measure of energy stored within food or drink. Our bodies need energy to
perform its daily functions like working, walking, cleaning and even breathing. This energy is
received by the body through everything that we eat and drink. To maintain a stable weight,
the energy we put into our bodies must be the same as the energy we use by normal bodily
functions and physical activity. If the body receives more energy than it spends, then it stores
the excess energy in the form of body fat. If this process continues, then the body keeps storing
fat and we put on weight.
Therefore, balancing energy consumption with energy usage is the formula for maintaining
body weight. The more physical activity we do, the more energy we burn, and the more weight
we lose. Consult your personal fitness trainer in Dubai to understand this process better.
Checking calorie content in food:
If you are on the weight loss path, then tracking calories consumed is just as important as
tracking calories burnt, which means checking the calorie content in every food you have.
Checking the calorie content of each food before having it ensures that you keep your food
intake in check.
The calorie content of many shop-bought foods is stated on the packaging as part of the
nutrition label. Most of the times, the calories in a food product is listed as kcals, short for
‘kilocalories’, or in kJ, short for ‘kilojoules’.
A kilocalorie is just another word for calorie. If a product says ‘1000 kcal’, it means the product
actually contains 1000 calories.
Kilojoules are the metric measurement of calories. To find the energy content in kilojoules,
multiply the calorie figure by 4.2.
The labels usually list the calorie content of the product per 100 grams of food or per 100
milliliters of the drink. So you can easily keep score of your calorie intake. Many a times food
products may list calories per portion, or serving. You have to keep in mind that their idea of
the ideal amount of food in one portion may be different from yours. So you have to adjust the
portions and amount accordingly.
Tools for calorie counting:
There is a wide range of free online or downloadable calorie counters available, that can help
you measure every calorie you consume and burn.
Burning the excess:
Calories are burnt when you do physical work. But the rate at which they do so depends on a
number of factors, such as the size and age of the person, and the kind of exertion that activity
has. The more vigorous the activity, the more calories you lose. That is the reason why fitness
professionals in Dubai advocate vigorous exercise and cardio for people who have gained
weight significantly. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than consumed, and
continue it over a period of time.
The best way to do is to combine increased physical activity such as exercise with diet changes.
Get health counseling today!
Written By: Peter Barron
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