Saturday, October 20, 2012

Calories, Carbs, Proteins...OH MY

We've talked about calories and we've talked about carbohydrates.  We understand that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie no matter how it is put together and to loose weight we must either cut our caloric intake or burn more calories than we eat.

We know carbohydrates give us energy and depending on the type of carbohydrate we eat will determine the kind of energy we get.  Candy bars have carbohydrates but they will give us the temporary energy boost with the crash to come later.

So what is protein and why do we need it?

Imagine building a home without a foundation.  Proteins are OUR foundation.  Proteins are OUR building blocks.  Proteins:

  • build and repair tissue
  • it produces enzymes and hormones
  • it regulates water balancing
  • it transports nutrients
  • it makes muscles contract
  • it helps resist diseases
  • it helps prevent fatigue
  • it provides stamina and energy
How much protein should a person have?  
This is in kilograms so you may need your calculator (I did)
Take your weight and divide it by 2.2
Now multiply that number by 1.5
This number is the amount of grams you need in protein per day.

If you are trying to lose weight:  Excess protein will be stored in your body as fat.  The less you exercise the more this will increase.

So, the bottom line is this.  Eat to live do not live to eat and everything in moderation.

Tell me your secrets about losing weight.

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