Calories are present in macronutrients, namely carbohydrates, proteins and fats. One gram of proteins and carbohydrates contains 4 calories, while 1g of fats contains 9 calories. Calories are body’s source of energy; and hence should be consumed in a healthy manner. A meal for a healthy adult should consist of 10 to 25 percent proteins, 20 to 35 percent fats and 45 to 65 percent carbohydrates for the body to function optimally.
Healthy and Tasty Foods that Have Less Calories
There are some foods that are delicious and also healthy for the body. These foods have less calories, so weight gain is not an issue if you consume them in limited amounts. These foods include dark chocolate, frozen banana dipped in dark chocolate, oranges, fig Newton with peanut butter, rice crispies with milk, sunny-side-up egg with whole grain bread, popcorn and nutritional yeast, boiled edamame and soy sauce, pretzel sticks with Dijon mustard, and boiled shrimp with a little bit of cocktail sauce.
Calories in Foods
Different foods have different amounts of calories. For instance, a medium Big Mac meal contains 990 calories, a hamburger happy meal 505 calories and Christmas dinner with all the trimmings a whopping 957 calories. People often consume more calories than they require. Men need 2,500 calories a day, while women 2,000 calories a day. If you want to burn 100 calories, you will have to run for a mile.
Being Calorie Conscious during Thanksgiving
Men require 700 calories each meal, while women require 500 calories. So this Thanksgiving select foods that give you just the required amount of calories. Make sure that your Thanksgiving dinner comprises more of vegetables, beans and whole grains. You can eat the turkey and gravy too, but in smaller portions. A 3 oz of turkey will have 132 calories and 1/4 cup gravy will have about 30 to 50 calories. So eat sensibly and be healthy!
Eat Low Calorie Snacks to Stay Slim
There are many low calorie snacks that you can consume when you feel like nibbling something in between meals. Look at eating pistachio nuts, hard boiled eggs, steamed edamame beans, almonds, avocados, Greek yogurt and strawberries, apple and cheese, cottage cheese and fresh fruits, red grapes and Kalmate olives.
Calories in Hamburgers
Hamburgers are extremely popular in the US, and it is estimated that about 8 percent of American visit a McDonald’s outlet every day. However, all burgers, irrespective of where you eat, are full of calories. Burger King’s Double Whopper has 900 calories, Carl’s Jr. Original Six Dollar Burger 890 calories, McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese 740 calories, In-N-Out Double Double 670 calories and McDonald’s Big Mac 540 calories. Even vegetarian burgers from Burger King and In-N-Out have about 260 and 240 calories respectively. If a burger is made at home, it will have about 749.5 calories.
Is Guinness Beer Healthy?
Guinness draught beer contains 176 calories, while regular beer contains 204 calories. However, is Guinness healthy? Apparently yes! It contains yeast, which is good for the skin. The antioxidants in the beer help to unclog block arteries; the silicon in Guinness makes it healthy for the bones; it is a good source of proteins; has Vitamin B6 which is good for the heart; and has high levels of iron, which can prevent anemia.
Calories in Alcohol
A single glass of wine contains as much calories as a slice of cake. It is estimated that an average wine drinker consumes about 2,000 additional calories every month which is equivalent to 184 bags of crisps! The calories in alcohol have no nutritional value whatsoever; and 1g of alcohol contains about 7 calories. Drinking smaller measures of alcohol will help reduce your calorie intake.
Calories in a Thanksgiving Dinner
An average American consumes more than 1,600 calories during a typical Thanksgiving meal consisting of roast turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, beans, bread rolls and pumpkin pie. Eating too many calories, or overeating, is the major reason for obesity in the US. According to available statistics, nearly 30 percent of adults in the country are obese.
A Running App that Maintains Data
A running app called RunKeeper has become extremely popular. Since its introduction in 2010, its user base has grown by a whopping 467 percent. It keeps track of races in the US and across the world and also maintains data on health, calories burned, activities and miles tracked of users. It is a complete body metrics tracking device that allows users to keep a track of their physical activities.