No matter what your level of improvement is, it’s necessary to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals to maximize your fitness journey. Ranging from weight loss to basic nutrition, there are a few key components that everyone should keep in their back pocket to ensure that you’re equipped for the fight ahead. Counting calories is definitely one of those that are vital to your personal development & everyday routines.
However, when you hear a personal trainer that appears to be a top notch bodybuilder from birth telling you that you need to count and be aware of your calorie intake, it can be both intimidating and confusing to comprehend if you haven’t had any prior training on it. We’ve preached since the beginning about how fitness is necessary, but if you have poor nutritional habits, doing that extra set of reps is completely useless. Take a quick ride with me while I walk you through the fundamental ins and outs of calorie counting to make you more prepared for the journey ahead.
Break It Down
“Calories are a measure of energy, normally used to measure the energy content of foods and beverages”, defined by healthline.com. I feel that it would be best to actually define what calories are so you can see the importance of why too many, too little, or the wrong types of calories bring certain types of affects. Calories are used for basic activities & functions such as breathing and thinking, but also your normal daily tasks. They are in fact part of the fuel that drives your hand to pick up your phone to double tap that cute picture of a fuzzy kitten and ducklings playing with cotton balls for hours on social media; let’s face it, we all have done it. Even though calories are essential to living a balanced and healthy life, understand that too much of this good thing it NOT a good thing. Any of the excess calories that you eat are transformed into fat, & is stored in many unwanted areas.
How Do I Do This?
So now that you know what calories are and what happens if you have too many of them, you might be wondering how do I know what’s too much, or do I need to eat a little extra to get to my goal? That’s understandable, click here to be connected to a link to a calorie counter that will give you the basis of where your calories should be.
In order to count your calories on the back of your favorite snacks to stay in alignment, let me give you a little help so it won’t be TOO confusing to grasp. For example, for peanut butter, it says that it is 188 calories, but for the average person, you might be saying “what the heck does that mean?”. Above the nutritional facts, there’s information that tells you how the nutritionist were able to measure their counts. For peanut butter, the 188 calories is for 2 tablespoons, so that means that each tablespoon of peanut butter is 94 calories. It is very important to understand the fraction and measurements that are in the information above the nutritional fact so you won’t under or over count your daily calories. MyFitnessPal is a really great app to download for your smart mobile devices as a way to make sure your path is on the straight and narrow.
Quality With Quantity
To finish out this week’s segment on healthy living, it’s important to understand how useful counting calories is, but be sure to rap your mind around the quality of calories that you’re putting in your body. Gain an understanding that 200 calories of green beans is completely different from 200 calories of potato chips, & long term, the effects are drastically different. Eating more high quality foods with the least amounts of processing, makes a smoother function for your body to break down, & build the nutrients needed for your day to day tasks. Don’t let the action of counting calories scare you. It’s not bad at all, but it does take discipline, & that’s something that most people like to steer away from. Whatever your fitness goal is, it’s going to take discipline and consistency, but adding up your calories with high quality foods will make a world of a difference.