Counting Calories

Counting Calories with Daily Records

People on a diet often become obsessed with counting calories. Counting calories that you eat every day can help you better track your diet. But you should be careful to make sure you do get the proper nutrition too.

A calorie is a unit of measurement to describe what it takes to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius. So how does that relate to food? Well for our purposes we are actually talking about Kilocalories.

A Kilocalorie is a measurement used by food manufacturers to describe the amount of heat it takes to burn energy. Almost all just refer to the Kilocalorie as Calorie (with a capital C) these days to keep it simple.

So if you consume a food that has 100 calories, any activity can “burn” or consume these calories. Hence the obsession with counting the intake and the burning of these modules of energy.

But it goes much deeper than that, the type of food and calorie is important for dietary reasons and nutritional value. Some foods that are low in calories are also low in nutritional value and that’s why it’s not only important to watch the number of calories but the type of food too.

A good example of this nutrition part of the puzzle would be to compare the calories in a beer and an apple. A low calorie (light) beer has 100 calories and so does a yellow delicious apple. In this example, it’s pretty clear that the apple would contain the much better nutritional value. The nutritional value has to do with vitamins, minerals, fiber content, and other necessary nutrients for a healthy diet.

So there is one issue with counting calories, keeping track of the food and nutrition value. The next issue is that some food calories burn differently than others. And then there’s the “standard” amount of calories that are recommended per day.

Most food manufacturers use 2000 as the normal amount necessary for a healthy diet. The government views it differently, and so do most nutritionists. Many consider 1650 per day a much better number to keep you healthy and at a proper weight ratio to body size.

Which brings up the fact that we all have different body types, activity levels, and even medical considerations. An athlete may need up to 2500+ calories a day, whereas a person who rarely exercises and sits in an office every day may only require 1500 calories.

So there are many individual considerations you should account for establishing your daily caloric intake for a healthy diet. The key word is healthy and that should be an overall priority.

Counting calories can help anyone regulate their diet and weight. Keeping track of choices in food types is also important. Exercise has it’s value in burning calories and keeping your body healthy. All three elements are important for anyone trying to lose weight.

In recent years most experts also discuss portion control as a great method of limiting calorie intake. You can still enjoy the foods you like if you exercise (no pun intended) a little control over the portions. If your favorite meal comes up to 700 calories and you eat half, that’s a huge improvement.

Most nutrition experts recommend not going below 1100 calories a day for health reasons. And it goes without saying that if you practice the old Roman trick of eating and then purging is not a good thing either.

To make it a little easier to track your intake of calories, we have a very simple but effective Daily Calorie Record download. You can use this to track food items and calories you consume every day. Keeping it simple is important so that you will do it. If you make it too big of a chore, you won’t do it on a regular basis.

You can download this form and print it out to keep daily records. The form is in Adobe’s PDF format. You can right click and save it to your desktop, then print blank forms as you need them.

Here’s the link to download the PDF: Daily Calorie Count.

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The content on this site is presented only for informational purposes and does not replace medical advice from a practicing physician.

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