Jessica Odle What is a calorie? Something you can’t see but most people hate! According to science, a calorie is the quantity of heat, or energy, needed to boost the temperature of 1 ml of water by 1˚C. So why do people hate calories so bad? Body weight reflects energy balance. If you consume more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. Likewise, you will lose weight if you consume fewer calories. You burn calories all day and night even if you do nothing but sleep or watch TV. Most of the calories spent each day are for breathing, circulation, maintaining your body temperature, moving compounds in and out of cells, and other normal body processes. I work out 4-5 days a week, and according to my actual vs. recommended intake of calories, I am not taking in enough calories my body needs. My reports say my body needs 2,389 calories a day, although I usually try to stay within 1,200 calories a day. I am not taking in enough calories my body needs to supply the calories and energy I burn during my workout. My Carbohydrate intake was only at 33% and only 10% of the AMDR. I like to think I am eating “healthy” but apparently I am not eating sufficiently enough for my body. I have heard the fad no carb, low carb diet, and actually attempted it at one point. I ended up gaining all the weight back when I added carbs back into my diet. I know now how dangerous those types of diets are, and how important carbs are to our bodies. My seven day intake of sugar is 32.47 grams. We usually try to choose sugar-free things in our home to set good examples for our kid. I think 32.47 grams of sugar is acceptable for me, as I am trying to lose weight. My tops 3 sources of sugar were meatballs, which I made in the crockpot, a grilled
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- Spring '17
- Sloan Taylor
- Nutrition, intake, OMEGA, Jessica Odle