The Complete Guide to Calories [Infographic]

The Complete Guide to Calories [Infographic]
from Greatist
Let's face it - counting calories is not so much fun.  Maybe that's why the diets that advertise not having to count calories are so popular with so many people.

Counting calories, points, grams and such is too time-consuming, restrictive and bothersome for some people - and any diet plan or weight loss program that requires counting anything doesn't work for such individuals.

Nonetheless, calories do matter.  Weight loss and healthy weight management comes down to one simple fact:  the number of calories that go in must be less than (for loss) or equal to (for maintenance) the number of calories that go out.

I.e., when you consume more calories than you use (burn), the excess calories get stored as fat resulting in gain weight.  If you consume less calories than you need to use, fat stores will be burned to make up the deficit resulting in weight loss.

It really is all about and as simple as intake versus expenditure - whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight or simply trying to maintain.

For this reason, regardless of whether or not an individual is willing or able to count calories, it is still important to understand how calories affect weight gain and weight loss.

This superb and informative infographic entitled "The Complete Guide to Calories" illustrates:

✿ certain basic information about how calories measure food energy

✿ the number of calories in each of the three macronutrient groups (carbohydrates, protein and fats)

✿ the ideal ratio of calories to be consumed daily from each of the macronutrient groups

✿ a brief description of each of the three macronutrients, why the body needs it and how it uses it, and typical foods in which they are found

✿ how to determine daily calorie intake based on basic metabolic rate (BMR) and activity level

✿ how calorie intake and expenditure figures in losing or gaining weight

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Infographic source and more information at:
Greatist - Guide to Calories
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