Ah calories. It gets so much bad rep everywhere is it even worth talking about it?
Many times, people frown at the idea of calories. It’s totally understandable. Counting calories is not an ideal way to lose weight. It’s a hassle and seriously, how in the world are we to know how much calorie that slice of salami is?
I have to admit though, when I first started to lose weight, I did count my calories. And for most of my clients when they’re starting off their program with me, or losing weight for the first time, I’ll make sure I take an hour or two at the beginning to explain to them everything they need to know about calories. No, it is not my intention at all to annoy them but I just want them to be held accountable with the food that they eat.
Calories is definitely not a bad thing. You need them to survive, breathe, function, digest, excrete and so on. That is why it’s important to understand them and what they can do to you and your fitness goals.
Today’s post is a link to my newest video. It’s exciting not just because I am talking about something I am crazy passionate about (I mean nutrition, not calories duh), but it’s my first electronic blackboard video, thanks to Pat Flynn.
It is a step by step guide and it is pretty long but by the end of this video you will know more about:
2) Where do calories come from
3) How our body uses energy
4) BMR and how to calculate it
5) How to lose weight using our BMR and caloric needs
Why Is It Important To Understand Calories And Metabolism?
1) For a purpose. So you know that you’re not just trying to lose weight for the sake of it. You’re actually interested in knowing what makes up the food we eat.
2) To be held accountable. Understanding what calories and metabolism are will put you in the right track to be accountable of your nutrition and training program.
3) For a more successful and effective weight loss. Not because you’re calorie counting, but because you’re aware of what’s going on each time you eat and drink.
If you’ve came here directly from the video, HELLO! You will find below the exact formula I’ve used in the video so go on and calculate your BMR.
[well]How to calculate BMR
MEN = 66.5 + (13.75 x weight) + (5.0 x height) – (6.76 x age)
WOMEN = 655 + (9.56 x weight) + (1.85 x height) – (4.68 x age)[/well]
Don’t forget to multiply your activity level factor to get a more accurate measurement of your metabolic rate.
[well]Activity level factor
Little or no exercise = BMR x 1.2
Light exercise (1-3 times per week) = BMR x 1.375
Moderate exercise (3-5 times per week) = BMR x 1.55
Heavy exercise (6-7 times per week) = BMR x 1.75
Very heavy exercise (twice per day, split trainings etc.) = BMR x 1.9[/well]
You can also use this BMR Calculator here to automatically calculate it.
That’s it from me for today. Have a lovely week ahead. :)
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