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Calorie Counting

Looking for a caloric deficit

While diet fads crop up all the time and tell us they've discovered new ways to trick our bodies into weight loss (anyone up for a paprika, pancake syrup and lemon juice cocktail?) the real weight loss secret is no secret at all – it all comes down to calories in and calories out. To put it another way, for weight loss to occur, we need to create a caloric deficit. We need to spend more calories than we consume. For the average person, there needs to be a caloric deficit of 2,600 calories over a two week period for a 2-pound weight loss to occur. This is where calorie counting comes into the picture.

Calorie Calculator – Determining Calories in the Food You Eat

What exactly is a calorie, and how do we determine the number of calories in the food we eat? Scientifically speaking, a calorie is the term given to the amount of energy or heat that is necessary to heat water by one gram. In other words, a calorie is simply a unit of energy measurement and the amount of energy within a piece of food determines each food item's caloric content. The calories in your favorite candy bar are determined by measuring the chemical reaction of your candy bar when it is burned.

Counting Calories – Let Technology Do it for You

If you decide start counting calories, it means that need to be aware of the number of calories you consume and burn during exercise each day. You can use a simple notebook to track your caloric intake or go to a calorie-counting website to keep track of it for you. Online calorie counters offer counts for all foods, including non-marked items like fruit and vegetables. A calorie calculator or a calorie counting guide can help you keep track of not only your calories but also your daily intake of protein, fiber and fat. As a general guideline, sugars, carbohydrates and proteins contain 4 calories/gram, alcohol contains 7 calories/gram and fats contain 9 calories/gram.

A calorie burn calculator helps you gauge your calorie deficit, as it keeps track of how many calories you burn throughout the day. Many new calculators, like the Body Bugg, are worn on the body and can determine how many calories you burn during your daily activities. Activity trackers can give you a basic estimate for your caloric burn – an hour of housework burns 70 calories, a half-hour of yoga burns 100 – but they are not 100 percent accurate.

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