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Calories--Your Body's Energy Source

Posted on September 16, 2015 at 1:20 PM Contributor (Rich Jr)

Calories--Your Body's Energy Source

One of the first things people may hear when they are trying to lose weight is that they should monitor their caloric intake. What does this mean exactly? First, calories are energy that our bodies need to operate. We get our energy, or calories, from the food we eat. Essentially calories represent the cost, one could say, that is required to burn this energy. It would be safe to say the more calories that are in a food we consume, the more time it will take our body to burn this energy. When too much energy is consumed, however, our bodies start to store the extra energy as fat. Unfortunately, our bodies are very efficient at it, and this is why it is easy to gain weight in our westernized society given that there are many high calorie and processed foods available. Without proper time and working our body to burn this energy off, the fat storage will continue.

However, there are ways to burn this energy faster. One of the best methods is to expend work on the body in order to burn stored up energy that has accumulated (body fat). Exercise is really the best method for this, and it can be as simple as an evening walk, or even as intense as a thirty minute power yoga session. The point is to get the body to working so stored calories are burned.

A simple way to calculate calories is for every pound of fat, there are 3500 calories. To lose one pound in a week (3500 divided by 7 days), 500 calories have to be burned— or limited through food intake each day. This being said, one can see that getting on some type of workout routine may be essential.

Along with exercise, good nutrition is also important. Choosing foods that have higher nutrient density will pay off more in the long run. Limiting calorie intake could also help the process of weight loss, but it should be noted that fasting usually cuts calories short term, and when the body is deprived of nutrients, it can cause eating binges (this is because of our body's evolutionary ability to store fat: ). Then, eating binges almost always just cause all the lost weight to reappear again, and all hard work will be lost. This is why a healthy eating plan is important when trying to lose weight.

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Categories: Weight Loss Tips, Healthy Eating Tips, Health Effects

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