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Everything you need to know about calorie intake

A calorie is nothing but a unit of energy. In everyday language, calories refer to energy consumption through eating and drinking, and energy usage through physical activity. We all need some calories that we need to intake for leading a healthy life. If one consumes more calories than what the body requires, one tends to gain weight and on the other hand if the amount of calorie intake is lower than what is required, one loses weight. It is empirical to understand your body type and your body’s needs when it comes to managing your calorie intake.

Calorie management is essential for people who want to lead a healthy life. On an average one needs between 1500-2500 calories on a daily basis. This number changes according to body type and lifestyle. Some people have a high intake of calories but tend to burn them off by regular exercise or by having a higher metabolism.

In order to lose weight, reduction of calorie intake and regular physical activity is required. Foods that are processed or fattening tend to have a higher calorie count. These foods can be substituted by healthier options like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and consumption of one to two litres of water.

Ten Foods that are high in calories are listed below!
Oil (e.g. vegetable, fish, coconut, butter) approx 100-117 per tablespoon
Nuts and Seeds (e.g. pecan, walnut, hazelnut ,almond, cashew) approx 135-200 per ounce
Nut butters (e.g. peanut, almond) approx 95 per tablespoon
Dark Chocolate approx 165 per ounce
Dried fruit (e.g. prunes, raisins, dates, apricots) approx 200-250 per ½ cup
Avocado approx – 330 per fruit
Whole grains (e.g. whole wheat pasta, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Oat Bran) approx 85-200 per ½ cup
Milk, Dairy and Eggs approx 80-150 per ounce
Oily Fish (e.g. Mackarel, Tuna, Salmon, Tout) approx 175-250 per 3 ounces
Meats approx. 175-300 per 3 ounces

By keeping track of what we eat and what our calorie intake is on a daily basis, we can easily achieve our desired weight and maintain our health. It is important to provide the needed amount of calories to our body for it to maintain its efficiency. Diets in low calories cane lead to many health hazards as well. A balanced diet is the key to a healthy life and this can very easily be achieved by regularly monitoring our calorie intake and consistent physical activity.