I wanted to do some research into what is in this thing that we often become obsessed with. All this diet stuff is ultimately based around calories, so what the hell is in one? We often hear people talking about calories in diet and fitness. But what is it?
What Is A Calorie?
A calorie isn’t actually a thing, but a unit of measurement. So a calorie is a way of measuring the amount of energy that comes from food and beverages that we as humans consume. That energy is the fuel that our bodies use, you can liken it to a car needing petrol or diesel to perform. We need that energy for our body to function.
The food that goes into our bodies becomes fuel. Also, drinks can contain calories as it can contain things like fruit to taste. Different foods as you’ll know have different classifications, things that provide calories but have no nutritional value or often referred to as “empty calories”. Examples of this would be soft drinks or sodas.
How Do Calories Create Weight Gain?
So we’ve established that calories provide the energy that a human needs to be able to function. But your body only requires a certain amount of calories, and that is governed by how much energy your body burns. Sat still and not moving all day, your body still burns energy, beyond that the movement that you make through the day all burns calories. But if consume more calories than your body burns will mean that your body will store that energy as fat. But too much fat can cause health problems.
To stay fit and health, you need to understant your caloric needs. It is nearly impossible to get this exact, but you can use calculators to give you an idea of how many calories you will burn per day and from that you can calculate how calories you should be eating.
There are different ways to calculate this, but ultimately experience and getting to know your body is the only way to truly know how many calories you burn through a day. The daily recommended intake for the average person ranges between 1,000 to 2,000 calories per day. But this is just a vague estimate and not something you should rely on. Men get to eat more, because on average their bodies do burn a lot more calories at a base metabolic rate than women. But every day you do different amounts of exercise and at different intensities.
Simply put, if you eat more calories than your body needs, you’re going to increase your fat and therfore put on weight. There are many different programs that claim to make you lose weight, but one rule is simple. You need to be in a calorie deficit to ever lose weight.