Cynthia Clifton | 5/3/2017 2:30:51 PM
Importance of Calorie Balance Within Healthy Eating Patterns
Managing your calorie intake is importance to achieving and maintaining a good calorie balance. One of the best way to do this is to set up an eating pattern with the appropriate calories and monitor body weight and adjust your calorie intake with physical activity.
Remember that all foods and beverages have calories in them and the total amount of calories varies on the micronutrients in the foods. Speaking averagely, carbohydrates and protein contains approximately 4 calories per gram, fats approximately 9 calories per gram, and alcohol approximately 7 calories per gram. Since each person is different, the total number of calories varies depending on their age, sex, height, weight and level of physical activity.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the following tools/guidelines should be followed:
Staying healthy is something that really takes will power and determination, but is very rewarding in the future of being healthy.
Reference: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 Eight Edition
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