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Watch Your Calories

Everyone has a different take on the good and bad attributes of having a diet plan low in calorie count. However, it would be better for you to explore the best calorie plan that is suited for your own lifestyle rather than to adopt just any calorie plan in the hope of staying at an optimally healthy level.

Calories are not bad for the body; in fact they are a necessity as they function as the provider of the energy source for the daily body’s needs. The problem lies in the actual intake of calories, where the intake is more than the usage of energy, thus contributing to a high percentage of the unused calorie being stored in the body system and this then contributes to the negative side effects which cause weight gain.

All foods contain calories the only difference is some of these foods contain higher amounts of calories than others. The usual measurement of the calorie content would be 1 gram of calorie is broken down into these following contributing measurements – carbohydrate is 4 calories, protein is 4 calories and fat is 9 calories.

Most food products sold will carry the above breakdown for the shopper to have an idea of the calorie content of the item being bought for consumption purposes. Therefore, in the quest to watch the calories it would be productive to start taking note of the information divulged on the packaging.

A fairly good guideline to go by would be that most greens have comparably lower calories content to other foods. Often the sweetened or processed foods have very high calorie content, and this is also only slightly less when it comes to the calorie content in meats. The fattier the meat the higher the calorie content therefore it would be better to opt for as much lean meat intake as possible.

There is a lot of differing advice on the number of calories needed to slim down, but keep in mind these numbers should not be a one-size-fits-all solution. Activity levels will make a difference which is why exercise is so important too!



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