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Calories: Are you using yours the best way?

Not all Calories are created equal

When we started AOYS I wanted to be able to support everyone no matter what healthy eating plan they were doing. I have members who are using WW, Lose it, Noom, Keto  and Our Power of 13. In all of these CALORIES MATTER and honestly not all CALORIES ARE created equal.  What many of us struggle with is understanding calories.  A calorie is a unit of measurement — but it doesn’t measure weight or length. A calorie is a unit of energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it’s a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it.

*How Many of you struggle with making good choices when you see the calories in items? 

*For those of you who are using the Lose it app that were using the WW Points, were you surprised to see that an egg has 72 calories?  How about a banana at 121 for a large banana?  These foods were zero points on WW and that is OK it still means they need to be eaten in controlled portions.  Most people who are counting calories and have them set to lose weight are seeing 1100 to 1800 to lose a pound a week.

How you use your calories does matter and it is not just about the number but about how those  calories will support you throughout the day. 

Examples:  A Krispy Kreme glazed donut is 190 calories (5 GR saturated fat 10 G added sugar) and a large banana and a hard boiled egg are 213 calories (sat fat 1.7g and No added sugar)  but when you think about how each one of these will make you feel Physically.

You know what the right choice is.  

I had lunch the other day it was a banana, apple, 2 1/2 TB Natural peanut butter and 1/2 a cup of 2 % cottage cheese. 491 calories. One of my clients was shocked I would spend that much on lunch. I was full for 5 hours. That is Quality calories.

Calories per gram 

Protein and Carbs: 4 calories per Gram 

Fat: 9 calories per gram 

It is important to know what you are eating.  The majority of your calories should be made up of healthy fruits, vegetables, fat, carbs and proteins. While a treat once in a while is OK but when choosing that be sure to look at added sugar and saturated fat and be sure it is worth it. 

Basal Metabolic Rate is the number of calories required to keep your body functioning at rest. BMR is also known as your body’s metabolism; therefore, any increase to your metabolic weight, such as exercise, will increase your BMR. To get your BMR, simply input your height, gender, age and weight below. Once you’ve determined your BMR, you can begin to monitor how many calories a day you need to maintain or lose weight

How are you making sure you are choosing the right foods? 


How will I feel if I eat this? 

We hope this was enlightening and valuable information.

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