The Key to Managing Your Weight: Managing Calorie Intake
Managing your weight can be a balancing act, and calories play a major role in whether you maintain, gain or lose weight. Understanding how calories affect your body can play a major role in maintaining a balanced weight.
Despite all the diet strategies out there, weight management still comes down to the calories you take in versus those you burn off. Fad diets may promise you the “secret to weight loss,” but it’s really all about calories.
Calories fuel your body. Your body has a constant demand for energy and uses the calories from food to keep functioning. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the types of nutrients that contain calories and are the main energy sources for your body. The amount of energy in each source varies. Proteins and carbohydrates have about 4 calories per gram, and fats have about 9 calories per gram. Alcohol also is a source of calories, providing about 7 calories per gram.
Regardless of where they come from, the calories you eat are either converted to physical energy or stored within your body as fat. These stored calories will remain in your body as fat unless you burn them off, either by reducing calorie intake so that your body must draw on reserves for energy, or by increasing physical activity so that you burn more calories.
Your weight can be a balancing act, but the equation is simple: If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. Or, in the opposite terms: If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight.
Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. So if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’ll lose about 1 pound per week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). It isn’t quite this simple, however, and you usually lose a combination of fat, lean tissue and water. Also, because of changes that occur in the body as a result of weight loss, you may need to decrease calories further to continue weight loss.
Cutting calories doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be as simple as:
• Skipping high-calorie, low-nutrition items
• Swapping high-calorie foods for lower calorie options
• Reducing portion sizes
• Writing down detailed descriptions of your food and drink intake
• Using an good calorie counter to log everything you eat and drink, in addition to your exercise (which will help you know exactly how many calories you are taking in and burning off)
• Scheduling a free consultation from a reputable physician-guided comprehensive wellness and weight loss clinic
Making an effort to implement these tips can help you lose weight, especially if you add on a daily exercise routine. If you want a proven results along with a game plan to reach your weight loss goals on time and in a healthy manner, you’ll want to seek help along your journey.
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–The InShapeMD Wellness Team