Calories are energy units found in food. The key word is – energy. You cannot go through any day with out energy – food. Yet too much
or too less is just as threatening – threatening to your weight, shape, and most importantly – health. People who already are having problems with their weight and its associated illnesses ought to know what this mean. Unfortunately, tracking and controlling one’s food intake is the most challenging part of any weight-loss/gain regimen. A great start is to be aware of the following guidelines:
Know that a healthy – or what is considered as a normal diet is determined by tracking one’s calorie consumption through regulating your food intake on a day-to-day basis. This should involve both the quantity and quality of the food (including drinks) that you consume every day.
Making sure that a person is taking in the right amount of food means eating according to his/her standard “calorie needs.” These standards are set by nutritionists and diet and health experts according to a person’s height, body weight (depends whether losing, gaining, or maintaining), age, sex, and regular (daily) activity level. A common advice is to eat according your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) weight. For instance, if your activity level is considered average or moderate and you weigh 120 lbs. then you should multiply your weight by 10 to get 1,200 – the amount of calories your body needs to maintain your weight.
As with the quality of the food eaten, what needs to be considered is a person’s “nutrition needs.” Basically, caloric needs calculator tools doesn’t only determine the amount of calories that one’s body needs (or do not need); it also suggest how one’s total calorie-counts for the day should be broken down into the correct balance between the three major food groups: carbs, protein, and fats. More importantly, food to be consumed should have the right amount of calories as well as the portion of the necessary nutrients that the body needs – the three major ones being Vitamin-C, Calcium, and Vitamin-E, plus other essential nutrients to support one’s regular bodily functions.
Do not eat too less or in excess, do not miss food rich in nutrients, and stay away from unnecessary temptations such as carbonated drinks or trans-fatty fast food items. It is advisable to gain more knowledge and to take more measures (and motivation) in controlling your calorie and nutrition intake so as to maintain a healthy normal diet in all the days of your life.