Calories are not a bad thing – in fact calories are the way we get our energy from food. Your body has an insatiable appetite for energy and uses the calories from food to keep functioning. Energy from calories fuels all of your body’s actions; much like gasoline powers your car.
Foods that contain calories are the main sources of energy for your body. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the types of nutrients that your body needs for energy. The calories you eat are either converted to physical energy or stored within your body as fat. It all depends on how active you are and how many calories that you burn versus the number of calories that you eat. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight.
Cutting calories doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it might be as simple as swapping certain foods or trimming the size of your servings. You would be surprised at how much weight can be lost by cutting out those soft drinks or trading the giant latte for a regular sized coffee.
However, cutting calories isn’t the only way to make eating healthier. A diet that restricts calories may not be the best diet for your needs. It’s important that your diet be something that you can live with and that will sustain your body for living. You must make sure that any diet includes the necessary nutrients needed.
Now, unlike many of the other diets, my Fitness4Her diet is not primarily about calorie counting, but more what you eat and how much you consume. I believe portion control is a major factor in controlling your weight and I believe that eating a well balanced diet is important to a woman’s health and fitness.
Dieting is not a fad; it is a way of life. Stop counting calories and start eating healthy for the rest of your life, beginning today. A diet and exercise program designed exclusively for women, Fitness4Her will help you get started.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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