For today’s blog, I would like to talk about calories. That dreaded word we all hate hearing. Is there a magic number? Do we really need to be counting calories? Well, yes and no. You need to know how much food your body requires but you don’t need to get hung up on those numbers too much as it can sometimes stall your weight loss efforts when you get too worried about counting every little thing. It also takes the joy out of eating when you have to track everything you consume. On the other hand, if you’re an athlete or you participate in intense workouts five days a week, you have to make sure you eat enough. More important than how many calories you’re eating is the QUALITY of the calories in the food you are consuming. An apple will affect your body differently than a processed protein bar will. It’s so important to eat clean and choose healthy, whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible.
So, how do we figure out how many calories we need? Your basal metabolic rate is the number of calories your body uses each day just at rest. There are two different equations depending on whether you are a man or a woman.
If you are a man, use the following equation: 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years). If you are a woman, use this equation instead: 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years).
Multiply your basal metabolic rate by 1.2 if you rarely exercise, by 1.375 if you engage in light exercise, by 1.55 if you are moderately active, by 1.725 if you engage in hard exercise or by 1.9 if you perform intense exercise or exercise twice a day.
The great thing about counting calories these days is that we have access to many different apps that will help us keep track of things a lot easier and take some of the stress out of counting calories so we can focus on more important things.
I hope you all are loving the workouts and enjoying yourselves and having fun on this fitness journey. I am here to answer any questions you may have! See you next week.
Disclaimer: All advice on this blog is strictly based on my opinion and personal experiences. Every body is different and will react differently to dietary changes. You must decide what is best for your own body. As always, consult a doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine
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