I’m back to discuss a favorite topic of mine and it all rotates around food! The question just keeps on coming, how many calories should I eat in a day? I would like to address this question hopefully for once and for all. We all need to understand that food is a necessity and as such, needs to be eaten but in the right quantities. Too many calories will make us gain weight and not enough will cause us to be depleted of energy. We must get the balance right!
Eating To Live – Not To Lose Weight!
The balance is simple, we should really be eating to live. How we choose to live is a totally different matter. Life can be or in my case is very busy but that’s no excuse not to eat. Our bodies need food, the basic outline given to this is men should consume 2500 calories and women should consume 2000.
This is great! You now know exactly how many calories you should be eating, correct? Not quite! If, like me you have a very busy life style or you’re a gym bunny (Someone who goes to the gym daily) then your daily intake of calories will be depleted.
In this instance I would say that your intake of GOOD FOOD should be increased. This basic calculation comes down to the fact that you need to eat to live, not live to eat and definitely not live to lose weight.
Eating The Right Foods – Follow Your Taste Buds.
Over my many years as a competitor I have found that going on a diet is not the best way forward! If you feel the need to lose weight, then you need to change your lifestyle and the type of food you consume. On asking the question of how many calories should I eat in a day is valid but it’s only a small part of the puzzle.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Everything that tastes good is bad for us”. Well that about says it all, but here’s the good news. Only too much food that’s high in bad fats (Saturated fats) will cause us arm. Keep your sugar intake at a sensible level, what’s a sensible level?
This would be your next question, with any food you consume, I would say a sensible level is when you eat and you stop before you get the feeling you’re going to explode! There isn’t any better way to say it!
The Optimum Time To Eat – No Not 24 Hours!
We all work on a 24-hour clock, our 24 hour day is split up into sections of sleeping, working, eating and some cases working out. The average person should get around 6 to 8 hours sleep per night. This again is a recommended amount of sleep that our bodies need to repair and rest.
In between our rest periods, work and hobbies we’ll eat. Courses and my own personal experience as shown me that I work best with a good breakfast in the morning. Following this simple suggestion will get your body fired up to take on your busy routine. Even though this post is about how many calories you should I eat in a day, try not to spend your day calorie counting. Eat a well-balanced lunch, it should contain Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamins and Minerals.
Try to do the same with your evening meal. Enjoy your food. In between your main meals eat sensible snacks, I would suggest fruit and drink plenty of water.
Change Your Life Style – Change Your Weight.
Learning what to eat and when to eat it is the key to being healthy. Consuming calories is a part of eating food and we must all eat to live. Like I said earlier the key is to eat the good stuff and even then, eating the right amount is key!
Having a workout will also burn calories. So try not to dwell too much on how many calories you have consumed or even if you’ve gone over your daily quota. If this happens and it will, the last thing to do is start missing meals!
Remember first and foremost your food is your fuel and your body relies up on a steady intake for it to do its job properly.
I would urge you to change the way you think about food, food is not your enemy.
Night will become day and visa versa, eating will involve calories but that’s a fact of life. We just need to learn how to manage it.
The Choices We All Must Face.
This is the part of my post where I say that you have all the relevant information and now the rest is up to you. You need to put things in place that will allow you to change your out look on food. Enjoy your life and all the food that it brings and let the calories take care of themselves.
Try to make every encounter with food a sensible one. By this I mean always head for the most balanced meal you can find. Keep your portions small. This should be you basic rule and this one is not open to negotiation!
Eat in moderation and regularly. Your body and metabolism will constantly be at work, this will help with your weight issues.
I hope I have covered all your issues and answered your questions regarding calorie intake. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will answer them as soon as possible.