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How Do Calories Affect Obesity?

In recent years, most people have developed the urge to consciously maintain or decrease their weight.

The stigma associated with obesity is usually the driving force for this urge. Others also consider healthy living as they become aware of the dangers associated with obesity.

For others, it may be their inability to fit into clothes they once wore with ease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that, the fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories taken into the body and calories used or burnt by the body. How to deal with this balance is now the bridge to cross.

Most normal women require about 2000 calories each day and men, about 2500 calories but these figures are based on average population weight, physical activity and muscle mass.

This doesn’t mean each person should take around 2000 calories a day. Cross country runners can burn over 5000 calories per day. Pregnant women will need typically higher intake of calories than normal.

One has to understand that the calculation of calories on food labels are based on the amount of energy the food contains but not necessarily the amount of energy you can get out of the food when it’s consumed.

For example, 100 calories of fibrous foods like wheat, actually take more energy to digest, so one will have less calories left than if they had 100 calories of fries which is relatively easier to digest.

In an attempt to control your weight, it’s very important to eat foods with a high nutritional value of proteins and vitamins. Eating too many of foods with low nutritional value will eventually lead to weight gain and malnourishment.

In the similar manner to everyone looking different, most of our body components like enzyme production, gut bacteria, intestinal length, as well as metabolic rate all vary in different people.

This points out the fact that, the number of calories used by the body per caloric consumption is different for everyone.

Physical exercise, calorie intake control, and a high nutritional meal are the basic actions one can take to control their weight.