CALORIES, to put simply, are a measure of energy. Energy that we derive from fat, protein and carbohydrates we consume. It is said that on an average a woman needs about 2000 calories per day to maintain weight and a man needs about 2500 calories on an average to maintain weight. There are reasons obviously for these limits on our calorie intake. Excess or deficient calorie intake can cause harmful effects on our bodies externally as well as internally
There are numerous effects on our body when we do not mind our calorie intake on daily basis.
- INAPPROPRIATE WEIGHT GAIN AND OBESITY
The first and foremost effect of excess calorie intake can be seen in our weight alterations. People nowadays are gaining weight faster owing to their food habits which include too many fat filled foods, packed foods, aerated drinks, sugar loaded desserts, excess oil and butter consumption, etc. In severe cases obesity occurs
- INCREASED CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Cholesterol levels suffer the most due to our heavy oily fat rich diets. Our eating habits intensify the problems which are drifting towards eating outside instead of home.
- INCREASED BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS/ DIABETES
High calorie diet tends to be high in fats and sugar and these increases the risks of increased sugar levels and in severe cases it can lead to type 2 diabetes as well.
- CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS
Losing track of the calorie intake can lead to heart problems. We all know people with heart problems need to be very conscious about their food habits and keeping track of our calorie intake can help us tremendously in doing this.
- CAN LEAD TO COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
An article published in USA TODAY suggested that our calorie intake can also be linked to mild cognitive impairment – which is a type of memory loss that‟s noticeable but not severe enough to interfere with daily life. It can be seen in old age people. Those who consume more calories have more chances of developing cognitive impairment.
- Effects of low calorie intake:
Calories when heard generally are associated with weight gain and related problems. But low calorie intake can also have severe effects on our body. It’s similar to the concept of MALNUTRITION. As ‘malnutrition’ refers to both ‘under-nutrition’ as well as ‘over- nutrition’, similarly calorie intake leads to weight gain as well weight loss. Other problems that can occur due low calories are:NUTRIENT LOSS
- HOW CAN WE KEEP UP OUR CALORIE INTAKE
Calorie intake differs from person to person depending on factors like age, gender, physical activity, disease (if any), etc. While keeping track of daily calorie intake an important thing to be kept in mind is the quality of calorie and not the quantity of calorie. A healthy balanced diet accompanied with exercise can help us keep our calorie intake intact. We can also make a few more additions in our routine like starting our day with organic green coffee beans as it‟s extremely beneficial in tackling excess body fat and related problems. Also, we can add apple cider vinegar drink in our routine to avoid over eating, boost body metabolism and maintaining healthy body. Ariginallo recommends you to keep a track of your calorie intake as-
“A HEALTHY OUTSIDE STARTS FROM THE HEALTHY INSIDE”