Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle is a goal of many people. However, it can be hard to maintain this balance in today’s hectic world. One of the main components of a healthy lifestyle is diet. Navigating the world of nutrition can be full of confusing information. But here is some basic information on calories and different food groups.
Many people want to know, how many calories should I eat a day? The simple answer is that it varied from person to person. There are many websites, including the USDA’s website, which help individuals to figure out their daily calories. Women and men who are physically active usually are at a few hundred calories a day to maintain body weight. Nutrition facts on food are based on a 2,000 calorie diet which is fairly accurate for most of the population. Women are usually around 1,900 calories and men are usually slightly above at 2,200 calories, but 2,000 is a good reference point. Use these online sites to determine BMI, and enter physical activity level to determine how many calories are needed per day to maintain weight, lose, or gain weight.
Regardless of calorie intake, there are set proportions that calories should come from. 10% of calories should come from protein. Usually, protein exists in meats, legumes, and small amounts in other foods. 30% of calories should come from fat. Usually sources of fat are in prepared foods, oils, and spreads and it’s not generally a problem for most people to meet this requirement. 60% of calories should come from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates exist in most foods. The best sources are getting complex carbs from fruits and vegetables, but they can also be found in breads and grains. These are some of the basic guidelines for figuring out how many calories should I eat a day and where those calories should come from.