What Are Calories

Counting calories is common among people who are watching their weight. Sometimes they get confused as the values refer to kilocalories in relation to food though it is simply being referred to as calories. It might help people to know that 1000 calories is equivalent to 1 kilocalorie. Some labels in food packages make use of calories and others indicate kilocalories. Scientific measurement of food energy is expressed in kilojoule (kJ): 1 kilocalorie is equivalent to 4.2 kilojoules.

There are recommended daily calorie intake but people are individuals with varied genetic makeup, body build, metabolic rate and lifestyle factors. Age, height and weight are some considerations too in determining the calorie intake of an individual for each day.

For those who would like to reduce their weight, they will need to take note of how much calorie is contained in the food that they regularly eat. The will also have to check how much calorie they can have each day. A lesser amount of calorie intake than the daily recommended intake will keep weight gain at bay.

To keep extra calories from making people gain weight, they will have to burn those calories. The body’s metabolic rate is also the rate at which the body uses energy or burns calories. Calorie intake should be equal to the calorie burned or used each day so there will be no weight gain. If calorie intake exceeds the calorie burned, then people will have to expect to gain weight in a week’s time.

There are ways to burn calories. The first is to build muscles instead of fat. Studies indicate that regular weight training speeds up metabolic processes by 15%. People don’t really need big muscles like weight lifters but need to tone their muscles and become leaner.

People need to move constantly to burn more calories. Sedentary lifestyle burn only a small portion of calories. There are simple ways to keep people moving not necessarily walking or dancing nonstop. These simple movements burn some calories like tapping the feet, swinging the legs, drumming the fingers, standing up and stretching, moving the head from side to side, changing position and a lot more ordinary movements. People should take all opportunities to move because it will burn some calories and at the end of the day, more calories are burned than taken in.

Aerobic exercises will help the body burn more calories especially high-intensity exercises. Regular aerobic activities that are done at least 30 minutes each day will keep the body in good shape and burn all the calories as much 400 calories within the 30 minute period.

Eating small meals frequently is better to keep metabolism at a steady rate. Eating some spicy foods may increase metabolism so do some other drinks like tea and those that contain caffeine. When people get used to eating foods with lesser calories and keep moving, the use of a calorie calculator may not be necessary. Counting calories may not be so much of a problem if people move, do exercise and eat the right kind of food on a regular basis.




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