The calories you require each day depends on several factors including your metabolism, age, height, lifestyle, degree of physical fitness, and the type and quantity of food & drink you consume.
What are Calories?
Calories denote a unit of energy that you get from the foods and drinks you consume, as well as the amount of energy you use to perform various physical activities.
The higher the calorie content of a food item, the more power/energy it provides. When your calorie intake exceeds the amount of calories your body needs, the extra calories are stored as fat. The calorie count of different foods varies because the three macronutrients that your body requires-carbohydrates, proteins, and fats do not contain the same amount of calories.
Why Count Your Calories?
Calculating calories is one of the most effective methods to keep a check on your body. When the calorie count is kept in check, you can make better choices and take informed health decisions:
- Know your metabolism rate
- Achieve your weight goals
- Keep accountability of your food intake
- Plan adequate physical activity
- Seek medical help when necessary