What is a calorie: A calorie is defined as the energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius. Calories are made up of Macronutrients, which consist of fats, carbohydrates and protein. Fats have the highest concentration of calories at 9cals/gram; whereas carbohydrates and proteins have 4cals/gram

So what? The word ENERGY is the important word in this definition, as it is calories that give us the energy to perform daily living activities. Without the intake of calories our bodies would not function and would rapidly slow down. Knowing how many calories to intake everyday is very important and varies among individuals.  

How many calories should an adult consume a day? The average adult needs at least 1000-1400 calories a day to fuel major organ functions. Main organs include the brain, heart and lungs. There are also additional calories that need to be added to this number to provide adults with sufficient amounts of energy throughout their day, which is approximately 600-800 more calories to be able to move around. The Resting Metabolic Rate is the 1000-1400 calories an adult needs to just lie there and do nothing; it is simply just at rest. On average an adult should consume approx 2000-2300 calories a day to maintain their weight. Again, this varies among individuals.

What about calories and weight gain? If you are consuming more calories a day then what is recommended for you, you will start gaining weight. There are 3500 calories in 1lb of fat. If you have a day that you consume over the amount that is recommended DON’T FREAK OUT, it’s not a one-time thing! 

What about calories and weight loss? In order for an individual to lose weight they need to burn more calories than consuming in a full day. It is not recommended to strictly cut back on your calories and no physical activity. The best way to feel and look better is to cut back on calories and put some time and effort in working out. Using the combination of diet and exercise you will see the greatest improvements and your results will LAST, along with leading a healthier happier lifestyle! For example if you want to lose 1lb of fat you must either decrease your caloric intake by 500 calories per day or increase exercise to burn 500 calories per day. By doing this you can lose up to 1lb per week. Another option is to increase your work out to burn an extra 250 calories, as well as eliminate 250 calories from your diet...perfect balance!

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Carly




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