Did you know that you burn calories while sleeping? Or that one pound of fat equals 3,500 calories? How about the amount of calories in one gram of alcohol? There’s a lot to know about this commonly used measurement for the energy our bodies use for fuel. Where to get them, how fast your body uses them for your specific needs, and how to manipulate them for your health goals.
Greatist recently put together an interesting infographic on the topic. There’s a lot of information here which represents varying viewpoints.
Some highlights include:
- Of the macronutrients, carbs and proteins have 4 calories per gram, while fat has 9 calories per gram
- Fats are essential in cell, nerve tissue, and hormone production
- Proteins are essential for growth, tissue repair, immune function, preserving lean muscle, and producing essential hormones and enzymes
- You can easily calculate how many calories your body needs per day to maintain weight by knowing you age, weight, activity level, and height. Check out the infographic below for the formula!
- To lose one pound of bodyfat per week, aim to take in 500 calories less per day than you’re using
- Some useful mobile apps for tracking caloric intake include: MyFitnessPal, MyPlate Calorie Tracker, and Lose It!
Check out the infographic below and let us know what you think. Agree with certain parts? Disagree? We’d like to know your thoughts!