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How Many Calories Should You Be Eating?

Caloric consumption can be a confusing topic because numerous variables are involved. When someone asks, “How many calories should I eat?” the answer differs based on the following parameters: how old a person is, their body type, how tall they are, whether they are male or female, their degree of wellness, and their day-to-day activities.

If you are looking to improve your BMI (body mass index), you should also be aware that regardless how much food enters the body, you will make the most out of it by chewing it at length. You may feel that you are reducing calories by chewing food excessively. While it may be true that any physical activity burns calories, caloric metabolism is increased by additional chewing.

How many calories should I eat?

Perspectives differ regarding caloric intake, but the governments of the United Kingdom and United States offer similar ballpark figures. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) suggests that adult men should get 2500 calories, while United States officials place the target at 2700. For women, British authorities advocate 2000 calories, while American authorities say that women should aim for 2200 instead.

Bear in mind that these numbers are averages – they do not take into account any of the other factors listed above. However, it is worth consideration that BMI in the United Kingdom is better than in the US (just looking at obesity statistics), and their government is promoting fewer calories to the average adult, even though Americans are shorter than the British.

Healthy diet rather than calorie-counting

A primary argument made by the National Health Service regarding BMI is that the amount of exercise a person gets is critical to determining caloric intake. Calories alone do not represent enough information. Everyone should focus on the cornerstones of wellness by eating nutritious meals and participating in a regular fitness regimen. Once those two components have become routine, you can look at the amount of calories entering your body and the amount being burned on a daily basis.

In the United States, it’s common to eat protein at each meal and to consume a sizable amount of grains. However, a healthy diet has a much more substantial focus on fresh produce. A study conducted in Sweden and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last year revealed that consumption of five daily helpings of vegetables and fruits increases a person’s longevity.

Seeking weight-loss guidance

Achieving your BMI goals can be difficult, and it’s crucial that you take a healthy approach so that you are getting physically fit rather than weakening your body. It’s advisable to seek professional guidance for good health and to enhance your chances of long-term success. Wellness Plus Clinic offers a range of medically supervised weight-loss programs. Contact us for a free consultation.
 

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