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Calorie, What is it Anyway

Calorie. We have all heard that word, right? Empty calorie, reduced calorie, cutting calories, bad calories, counting calories...but do we even know what a calorie is? Definition - a calorie is the amount of energy, or heat, it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). One calorie is equal to 4.184 joules, a common unit of energy used in the physical sciences. Wow, fascinating, it raises water 1 degree...woo-hoo...(can you get the sarcasm that I'm laying down?) Now, I'm sure that is great information for somebody, somewhere, but to me, it means nothing. What I do like knowing is that 1 pound = 3500 calories. Now that's the good stuff! That's the kind of information on the calorie I need to know!

Weight loss is a very simple equation; more calories get used than go in = weight loss. Let's say you are a woman who normally eats 2000 cal/day. If you reduced your intake to 1500 cal/day you would lose 1 pound in 7 days. Now let's say you also worked out and used an extra 500 cal/day. You would be losing 2lbs/ week! The same goes in reverse. If you are consuming more calories than you are expending, you will gain weight; it's just a fact.

Not sure how many calories you need per day? There are many websites that have calorie calculators to find out just that! My suggestion is to go Google "How many calories do I need per day?" There will be many sites to choose from. (Each site may give you a slightly different number so I would do a few of them and average out the number). Knowing how many calories you need per day is a great step to weight loss and a healthier you. When you know what your body needs, you can supply it with the proper nutrition and the right amount of it! Good luck!

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