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    Answering The Question: What Are Calories?

    If you have been trying to lose weight lately, or if you usually try to eat healthy, you surely have at least a basic knowledge of calories; and of course, by basic knowledge, this means you know you need to burn calories to lose weight, and you need to eat fewer calories to keep weight off! But if you do not possess a complete understanding of calories, you will not be able to effectively manage your eating habits based on the calories you are putting into your body.

    What most people do not understand about calories - especially those people who do everything they can to eat fewer calories is that your body derives energy from calories. You have likely noticed that when you look at the nutrition facts for food, it lists the daily percentage values, and then mentions that this is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. If you break this down, it simply means that - for people whose bodies require 2,000 calories per day this is the daily percentage of each listed item their body needs. But this also means that everyone needs a certain number of calories each day, and it also means that some people need more calories than other people need.

    For each person, there is what is called the basal metabolic rate, which is the number of calories that person needs in order for their body to perform its basic tasks, such as breathing, pumping blood, staying healthy, and so on. On top of this, there are calories your body needs for work activity that is, activities that go over and above your bodys basic needs, such as walking or driving your car or playing sports or playing with your kids!

    Lots of people go on crash diets and wonder why they feel so much more tired than they felt before, but one reason is because they are not getting enough calories into their body. Rather than taking all the time and effort to count calories, you should find out which foods have good calories and which have bad; if you eat the healthy foods, you can get the calories you need for energy, and you can still keep off those pesky pounds!

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