Low calorie foods


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There is an old saying “we are what we eat” but we live in such a rush today that we don't have time to think too much of what are we eating. We eat and then go on with our business. Then, to our surprise we see that somehow, we have to use another hole from our belt, we have to buy some new skirts because the old ones don't fit us anymore (not to mention that our skin seems older, with more fine lines and wrinkles, our body acts like we are at least 5 years older then we really are). We wonder why, because we haven't changed our normal menu, we don't eat more than we used to (but let's face it, we hardly find time to practice).

The explanation for the extra kilos is quite simple: for a good functioning our body needs a number of calories per day (around 2000 for women, 2500 for men and a bit more for those who are working more physically). Actually there are two types of calories: large ones (that is the amount of energy, or heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and small ones (the amount of energy, or heat, needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). The first category is usually the one associated with food and appears on the level of foods as "kilocalories."

Calories are consumed (in order to produce the energy needed by our metabolism) through physical effort. But if we don't do this kind of effort at all, they will add kilos to our body (unfortunately the older we get, the less time we find for physical activity).

Of course if we decrease the number of daily calories and add a bit of sport we lose weight. Or we could have a diet based on foods with low calories. Low calorie foods are: berries, lemon, orange, mango, chilli, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, broccoli, green and black tea, natural yogurt, muesli, fish, brown rice, spaghetti, tofu, salads, garlic, chicken. 

To accomplish this we need a list with the calories of the foods and we have to calculate our diet so that we lower the level of calories per day, but not too much that we jeopardize our heath (The World Health Organization - WHO, recommends 1300-1400 calories when keeping diets and except for doctor supervision we shouldn't go under).

But a good diet doesn't have to deprive our body of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fibers and carbohydrates. When we want to loose weight we have to do it the healthy way.

See Also

Daily vitamins and minerals
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Weight loss plan
Speed your metabolism
Motivation for exercise
Low calorie foods
Losing weight the easy way

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