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Monday, October 24, 2011

How To Manage Calories By Learning How To Diet - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Calories

The body needs calories for one major reason: life! If you were to sit in a chair and not move a muscle, your body would still require calories. The food we eat carries calories which are basically little energy factories. The beating of the heart, the digestion of food, breathing... these all require energy which comes to us in the form of calories.

What a shame that those helpful little guys called calories can also cause really big problems if there are too many of them. If there are more calories provided than are needed to run the normal activities of the body, they seek lodging, preferably in bellies and hips. And, once they're settled in, they are really difficult to evict!

The bottom line is this: if we eat more food (calories) than the body needs to perform all of its functions, we will gain weight. Therefore, it is important to give all of the calories jobs to do. In other words, make them work for their keep. Every bit of physical exercise we engage in requires calories. This includes walking, running, jogging, gardening, painting, biking, dancing, cleaning, basket-weaving...just about activity you can think of needs calories to do its work.

When we don't give each calorie we consume a job to do, we gain weight. If we prefer not to do enough physical exercise to use the calories, we need to invite fewer of them in...that is, eat less! Otherwise, we gain weight. If we use more of the calories than we have consumed, we lose weight. It's as simple as that, folks.

There are several rather simple steps we can take to help achieve the balance needed to lose weight and then to maintain the loss. For example:

• Focus on fruits and vegetables.

• Eat more whole grains.

• Eliminate sugar sweetened beverages.

• Reduce portion sizes.

• Eat healthful snacks.

• Reduce intake of fats, especially saturated fats.

• Five small meals per day (rather than three large ones).

• Drink more water.

• Incorporate physical exercise into the daily routine.

• Set reasonable goals (five pounds in two weeks)

There is no longer any question that overweight and obesity result in the development of illness and disease. Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer...all are more likely to develop if one is overweight or obese. This fact applies to children as well as to adults.

Make a commitment to yourself today that you are going to lose extra pounds. Your health depends upon it. Next year at this time can find you weighing less...or more. You decide.

Manage your caloric intake the one, smart way.

By Sue Bristol, R.N.

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