How are calories calculated? And how many calories do you actually need in a day? Find out everything about calories you ever wanted to know!
you count calories, maybe you don't. No matter what, probably at least some of your food decisions stem from the calorie counts listed on food labels. How are those calories calculated? Are
calorie counts 100% accurate, or is there a little wiggle room? And how many calories do you need each day to maintain your weight? What about if you're trying to lose or gain
This calorie stuff can get pretty confusing, which is why I'm here to help. After you give this quickie newsletter a read, you'll understand calories a whole let better!
How the Calorie Content in
Food is Determined
I have to admit that I was pretty psyched to write this article for Reader's Digest. Truthfully, I didn't know all the ins and outs of how calories are determined. So how are calories calculated? It's a pretty intricate process, and you can bet it's thorough! Wondering if the calorie counts of foods are listed and rounded the same way in other countries? I'll answer that question, too!
Many Calories Do You Actually Need Per Day?
We hear about calories all the time, but do you actually know if you're eating the right amount? It can be helpful to have an idea of your ideal calorie range.
Weight loss is a lot more complex than calories in versus calories out. But start with answering this question: Are you eating the right amount of calories for your body?
The difference in how many calories you need to eat daily to gain, maintain, or lose weight isn't all that drastically different. How do you determine these numbers? Are calories the be all, end all of healthy eating? And what about the best weight-loss plan for men? I get to the bottom of all these burning questions in my article for Fox News.
Once you get a feel for how eating this amount of calories feels, you don't necessarily need to count calories—especially if you choose mostly whole foods and focus on eating your meals mindfully. I also like to include lots of nutrient-dense vegetables throughout the day (like my veggie-packed Citrus Quinoa Salad with Prunes) so I can fill up without focusing too much on the numbers.
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Vegetarian Lentils with Egg Toast
When it comes to "spending" your calories, you should for the most part you should make wise purchases. (Of course, there are indulgences like avocado chocolate brownies!) What does this mean? Go for foods that are going to stick with you for hours, not minutes. This recipe does just that. Plus, it's delicious and pretty easy to make. And the star ingredients, eggs and lentils, are true veggie superfoods. By the way, if you like this recipe, you'll probably also love an egg-topped hummus toast.
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