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Calories measure the amount of energy that is supplied by carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in food. The energy supplied by food is needed for vital body functions like growth, movement, and thought. Calorie counting is a conventional but effective concept.
Weight gain can result when the number of calories consumed is greater than the number of calories used.(should be common sense) When the number of calories consumed is less than the number of calories used, there can be weight loss. There is no weight change when calories consumed equals calories used unless you have subluxations. Each person’s energy balance is directly related to a combination of their behaviors, environment, genetics, and lack of subluxations.
Food labels identify the amount of calories and nutrients per serving. But how many calories do you need to fuel your daily activities? The National Academy of Sciences makes the following daily calorie recommendations:
• 1,600 calories is about right for many sedentary women and some older adults
• 2,200 calories is about right for most children, teenage girls, active women, and many sedentary men (Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may need somewhat more.)
• 2,800 calories is about right for teenage boys, many active men, and some very active women
Excess calorie consumption plays a major role in being overweight. The convenience of fast food restaurants, pre-packaged foods, and soft drinks affect our food choices. These are likely to be high in fat and calories. Large portion servings also increase caloric consumption. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the major nutrient components of the diet. Food choices and food preparation effect the amount of calories we consume. Most Americans follow meal plans that are much too high in fat. A diet low in fat will reduce the risk for getting certain diseases and help maintain a healthy weight. To lower fat intake, choose plenty of whole grain products, vegetables, and fruits that provide needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.
Keep the fat content of your foods to 30 percent or less for men; 25% for women. The total grams of fat for a 1,600 calorie diet would be 53, for a 2,200 calorie diet the total would be 73, and for a 2,800 calorie diet the total would be 93. Therefore, for a 30 percent fat diet, 837 calories of a 2,200 calorie diet may be fat calories. Counting fat grams has become popular. To determine the fat in the food you eat in terms of fat grams, read the food package label. It will tell you how many grams of fat and what kinds of fats are in each serving.
If there is a balance between your caloric intake and your activity level, you should maintain your weight. If your caloric intake increases and your activity level does not, you will probably gain weight. If you eat fewer calories and increase your activity level, you should lose weight. Subluxations plat a major part in aiding the proper breakdown of foods. If you have a chronic Subluxation you will not utilize the calories efficiently. This can translate into storing unused calories or not getting enough for your activities.
Once again Chiropractic care is the fuel needed for peak performance.
Richard Nassab, D.C. now serving Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area call now.