It’s a sad fact that only 9 percent of Americans know the number of calories and what nutrients they are supposed to eat in a day. Most of us can’t even take an educated guess! If we don’t know how many calories we need to eat in a day, we’re not even close to knowing what nutrients we need. Your body is your vehicle and your food is your fuel. If you put sugar water in your car’s gas tank what happens? It won’t run. If you put the wrong types of foods into your body what happens? Your body can’t run efficiently. If you put too much fuel in your body, it can’t store it efficiently and you gain weight.
It’s time to educate yourself! Here’s some sites to check out. mypyramid.gov can help you figure it out. Enter your height, weight, and activity level and this site will tell you how many calories you should be eating. It will also give you a breakdown of what food groups your calories should be coming from. I find this site overestimates the amount of calories I need. I’m pretty sure that if I ate the 2200 calories that My Pyramid says I should, I would gain weight. I do better at about 1700 calories a day, but you have to remember, that the site does an estimate of average calories.
Another site I like to use is dailyburn.com. Daily Burn will calculate how many calories you should have similar to My Pyramid. It goes a step further by asking you how much weight you want to lose (or gain depending upon your stats), and adjusts your daily calories accordingly. Daily burn will also keep a running daily total of your calories and certain nutrients as you enter the foods you have eaten.
Both of these sites are FREE so now you have no excuses! Figure out you nutritional stats.