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Can I eat anything if I keep track of my calories?

Calorie is a unit of measurement and it is used to measure the amount of energy in the food and drink that we consume. Every single movement in our body relies on energy in the form of calories.

Every individual requires a certain number of calories to function. On average, a man needs around 2,500 calories a day while a woman requires about 2,000 calories. However, these values can vary depending on many aspects like metabolism, age, physical activities and etc.

What happens if I eat more or fewer calories than my daily requirement?

Excess calories are stored as body fat. A small amount of fat in your body is essential to keep you alive but excess fat will cause health problems. Eating less than your body needs will force your body to burn all the stored calories causing you to lose weight.

So, as long as I keep track of my calories, I’m not going to gain weight?

Yes! However, let say you’ve decided to live on McDonald’s for the rest of your life with the exception that you’re not going to exceed your calorie intake per day. You will not gain weight for sure but your body will suffer from nutrient deficiency because McDonald’s doesn’t have all the nutrients needed for your body.

What will happen to our body if we don’t consume the necessary nutrients?

The components that make up our body are composed of the nutrients in food that we consume. They are categorized as proteins, fats, carbohydrates (sugars, dietary fibres), vitamins, and minerals, and perform vital functions. These are the things that will happen to your body if you don’t consume the right nutrients;

  • Fatigue
  • Brittle and dry nails, skins, and hair
  • Mouth related diseases like ulcer, swollen tongue and etc
  • Digestive disorders or Diarrhea
  • Irregular heartbeat

As much as it is important for you to maintain your healthy weight, you should also pay attention to the things you’re eating. Choose real and quality food to help you achieve better health!

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