Everyone has counted calories at one time or another. Whether it was to make sure they were getting the right amount of protein that they needed or to double-check their sugar intake. There is one main reason that people keep track of their calories and it is to help them manage their weight. Calories is defined as the measure of energy. If you eat more calories than your body can burn then it is going to add to your weight, and the reverse is also true. If you eat fewer calories than your body can burn then you will lose weight.

Calories are used to maintain everyday function like swimming or eating and you even use calories when you breathe, because calories is energy. Everyone can not eat the same amount of calories and expect the same results, it all depends on gender, weight, height, metabolic rate, etc. You have to choose the right way of calorie intake that works for your body.

The Right Way

  • Eat more protein (this will increase metabolism and suppress your appetite)
  • Avoid sugar as much as possible
  • More water (drinking water before meals can reduce the amount of food you will eat)
  • Exercise (Obviously)
  • Reduce carbohydrates

 

When it comes to calories per gram, fats have the highest at a whopping 9 calories per gram, while carbohydrates and protein are a mere 4 calories per gram.

The simplest way to manage your weight is to eat smaller portions and choose the right food for your body. People tend to mis-count calories by eating big meals and larger portions and it is an avoidable mistake.

 

Sources:

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/counting-calories-101/

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/how-many-calories-per-day/

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/calories/art-20048065?pg=2