Hey internet people! Let’s talk calories, shall we?
The word calorie can be kind of confusing. We know they are something we should watch and be (generally) conscious of, but what exactly is it? A calorie is a unit of energy, and in short, it is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of a small amount of water by 1 degree. So.. how exactly does that relate to food? Calories in food determine how much energy your body would need to use in order to break down that food. Kind of makes sense, right? So when thinking about food calories, it is good to relate those calories to your Daily Caloric Need, a fun little number we discovered in the last blog post titled “The Healthy Way to Lose”.
The calories you consume should match your caloric need; this way, you are guaranteed to lose weight. But how do we go about matching your caloric need, especially if the number seems pretty low as compared to what you are used to? There are two ways to do this: mindful eating, or mindful eating combined with exercise.
Mindful eating.. What the heck is mindful eating? It is a form of common sense that we all lose once the pizza comes into sight. It is a form of self control. It is the ability to know the general health of a food item and decide whether or not those calories and nutrition are beneficial to your body, or just something that will satisfy your taste buds for the 30 seconds that you are eating it. Mindful eating takes practice, and some education, but I’ll be here to help you through that crash course soon!
Mindful eating combined with exercise. This method makes life just a bit more easier, and I will tell you why. If you are allotted, let’s say, 1400 calories per day to lose weight. That is 1400 calories after you have subtracted the full 5o0 calories that you can subtract to see weight loss. That amount of calories is relatively hard to stick to unless you are very talented at will-power. So in comes exercise. Exercise basically gives you a little bit of wiggle room, a bit more calories to play with. If you eat 1400 calories for the day, but you workout at night, the calories you have burned become subtracted from your caloric total for that day. This means you may even have a bit of room in your daily calories to have a small, healthy treat after you work out. The calories burned are subtracted from the calories you ate. This is also great if you are having a rough day and have consumed a bit too many calories.. exercising is a great way to get rid of some of that excess, to get you where you want to be.
With all that, I think our brains need a small break. We just have so much to talk about, plus a safety course coming your way soon! But before that, I’m coming at ya with an education lesson on mindful eating next.
For now, much love,