Tag - calorie balance

Top 5 Ways to Start a Healthy Lifestyle

Starting a healthy lifestyle is more than going on a diet or buying a gym membership for your New Year's Resolution. A healthy lifestyle is about embracing a way of life that helps you avoid disease and perform at your optimal levels. It requires a balance of healthy foods,...

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The Calorie Project – Update 3: How Calorie Intake & Energy Expenditure Affect Body Weight, Body Fat %, Strength and Appearance

When I first started The Calorie Project, my ultimate goal was to gather enough data in order to analyze the relationship between calorie intake, energy expenditure, weight and body fat. Fully understanding these relationships would allow me to gain, lose or maintain weight more precisely without having to guess...

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Secrets of Diet/Exercise – Secret #2: Count Calories

One of the most important "secrets" to reaching any diet or exercise goal is counting calories. Whenever I tell people to count their calories, I hear complaints about how tedious it is. Some people insist they accurately estimate their calorie intake and don't need to count. Others don't understand...

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Update 1 – How Calorie Intake Affects Weight & Body Fat Percentage

Before smartphones and apps, counting calories was tedious. I started counting calories back in 2006 using Excel Spreadsheets. In mid-2012, I found an app called MyFitnessPal which made counting calories "fun." Instead of using spreadsheet functions, I could simply scan a bar code, enter the serving size and let...

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How many calories should I eat each day?

It seems as though every month a new diet book, pill or product is released and claims that you can lose weight without giving up your favorite foods or even exercising more than you already are. Before you get all excited and spend your money on these "miracles", realize...

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I’m trying to gain/lose weight, how much food should I eat?

I get many versions of this type of question. Gaining or losing weight is largely about calorie control. As explained in an earlier post, body weight is determined by the balance of energy in (food eaten) and energy out (energy expenditure). Therefore, you would alter your energy intake/expenditure depending on what...

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