Counting calories is a tedious process, as it is being on the journey of healthy living is an arduous one. Is there a simpler way to keep track?
According to nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden, counting calories has been around since the turn of the 20th century. Judging from the way people have been taking to it, you can expect calorie counting to be around for a long time.
So what is it about and how do you count calories?
Basically, calorie counting involves the science (and maths) of knowing the amount of calories your body needs for energy and to repair cells. With this, you are then able to choose what to eat and drink for optimum efficiency while reducing the risks of developing unhealthy fats. The average male adult, according to the U.S. Department of Health, requires about 2,700 calories to maintain his weight while the average adult female needs 2,200 calories. Of course, this varies with your daily activities and lifestyle.
There are many online sites that you can use to find out how much calories your body needs and how many calories are found in your favourite food. It takes a lot of discipline to stick to a calorie counting regime. People often give up tracking and counting their calorie intake too because it can get very tedious checking the calorie amount for different types of food. It can also get very challenging at times especially when the hunger pangs do not go away even though you’ve consumed your recommended maximum amount of daily calorie intake.
Counting calories: Keep it Simple
To help his patients stay on the path during their weight management journey, Dr. Terence Tan, Director at Halley Medical Aesthetics explains calorie counting in a very simple and easy-to-remember method. He explains that if you are eating a small meal, regard the intake to be 300 calories and a medium-sized one as 600 calories. A big meal—think of it as an up-sized meal at your typical fast food restaurant—can be counted at a whooping 900 calories.
He understands that calorie counting and adapting a new eating habit take more than just discipline. It takes guidance and support to achieve your desired physique. That is why he came up with a doctor-assisted slimming programme called Total Slim, which consists of a full-body checkup, a personalised weight loss programme, and post-programme health check. Clinically-tested weight lost drugs will also be prescribed to complement the patient’s weight loss regime. The programme can be paired with any cryolipolysis treatment to contour the body as well.
A festive celebration is never complete without a serving of gastronomical delights. As long as you consume in moderation, you can join in the fun as well.