Right Calorie Intake For You

by admin on June 2, 2010

How many calories should you be taking in daily?  You can’t just throw out a generalized number – it’s too difficult, they’re too many factors involved. A hundred pound woman is not going to need the same amount of calories for a two hundred and fifty pound man so there are a lot of different factors: age, sex, current weight, what you’re trying to achieve, your activity levels, and so on. If you’re really serious about losing weight or staying in shape you need to do one thing, buy a calorie book. This will help you determine how much you’re eating. Write down what you eat for the next five or six days. Might be a little bit of a pain, but you can do it. After that, total up your calories each day and at the end of the week take an average of how many calories you’ve eaten. That will give you a general idea of how many calories you’re consuming. Now, take a look back at the last three six months – have you gained weight, lost weight or stayed about the same during this time period. Once you’ve determined that and determined how much you’ve eaten, now you can determine what you need to do if you’re staying about the same and your weight hasn’t changed, you either have to eat a little bit less, exercise a little bit more, or a combination of the two. If you’re gaining weight rapidly or you’re losing weight rapidly then based on what you want to achieve you adjust your diet and your activity accordingly. This is important, ok; it’s like a check book. If you ask me ‘How much money can I save each month’ first thing I would ask you is how much money do you make? Second thing I would ask you is how much money do you spend and the third thing I would ask you is how much money do you have left over. Same thing with calories, what are you eating, what are you expending and then our third question is are you are currently gaining or losing weight?  Now you are in the position to determine calorie intake adjustments, as well as exercise adjustments (but that’s for another time.)

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