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How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

Calorie control is important for weight control. Whether you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, calories count! Whether you’re counting meticulously or just curious, it’s a good idea to know how to calculate your calorie needs. Related Reading: What is a Calorie? Calories = Energy To know what we are calculating, we need to understand how our body uses energy throughout the day. Even just sitting there reading this article, your cells are hard at work using up…

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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. Let’s go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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Protein

Protein

What is a protein? Protein is a macronutrient, providing four calories per gram. Proteins are made up of amino acids, small building blocks that come together in various combinations to make the macronutrient protein. There are twenty kinds of amino acids. Eleven of these are nonessential amino acids, which just means the body is capable of synthesizing them. That leaves nine remaining essential amino acids, which the body cannot make on its own. This means we need to get them from an…

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What is a Calorie?

What is a Calorie?

What is a calorie? We hear it all over the place: “That cheeseburger has, like, a billion calories!” People who are trying to lose weight are often talking about how many calories something has, and how they’re counting them. But when even is a calorie, anyway? If we want to be technical about it, a calorie is defined as “the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of 1g of water by 1ºC. Ummm, that’s not helpful. Let’s…

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