Calorie Counters

Energy in vs Energy out – can an equation really be that simple?


Food intake and exercise are two of the key components, playing a major part in any kind of successful and healthy weight loss program. Losing weight is never easy, and each dieter has to find his or her own effective and efficient ways to approach a well-balanced diet.

A calorie is a unit of food energy, a vital power source released during digestion. Calories are frequently restricted in weight loss programs and often need to be counted. Many diet experts claim that calorie counting is a fail-safe way to lose weight and a way to maintain a slim body.

The most successful way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than your body actually requires to function well. It is usually accompanied by a suitable exercise program. Calorie counting is a tried and true method to keep track of everything you consume and can also help you figure out your eating habits. It can teach you which foods are good for you, and which ones are no. Besides that, this weight loss technique will reveal hidden calories, the ones you often tend to forget about.

When starting a weight loss regimen it is important to know your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and how many calories your body burns naturally. In other words, you have to figure out what energy is required for your basic and essential body functions, such as maintaining body temperature, the beating of your heart, and your breathing. At the same time, you will have to determine the amount of calories you want to burn every day. The right amount for you personally, will greatly depend on your age, gender, exercise habits, height and current weight.

Tracking nutritional content and calorie amounts is easy. Many health experts, physicians and dieticians have compiled lists of foods and their respective calorie value. These charts are distributed in medical facilities, at drug and health food stores, and are posted on many websites on the Internet. These resource food databases include massive amounts of food groups and brand names. Unfortunately, not all food products are included, and in order to make healthy, informed food choices, it is also important to understand food labels, which are found on cans and other grocery packaging. Most of the time the label information is straight forward and will list every nutritional value of the product, including calorie amounts per serving. Do not hesitate to call the phone number listed on the label if you have trouble deciphering the printed information chart.

Calorie counters are a way to calculate daily caloric intake. They can be actual portable, handheld devices or, can be sophisticated calculating programs, found online. Calorie counters are also often built into most aerobic exercise equipment, such as treadmills and elliptical trainers. Some even tell you the amount of calories you burn while jogging. Many dieters prefer cyber programs, which are easy to use and will address all the information required for a great diet plan. They will automatically ask for specific personal details, including age, weight loss target, in how much time you want to achieve that goal, what type of diet you prefer, and your level of daily activities.

Exercise counters work on the same principle. You enter specific, detailed physical characteristics, your desired targets and the counter will calculate exactly what is required for you can be successful in your quest. All you have to do is follow the suggested exercise guidelines!

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