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DailyDirt: Counting Calories Should Be A National Pastime

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While it may be a bit late for New Year's resolutions, it's never too late to start counting calories as part of a sensible weight loss (or maintenance) plan. But before embarking on a crusade to cut out all those extra calories, it might be wise to learn more about this unit of energy. For example, scientists are still debating whether all food calories are equivalent from a metabolic perspective -- are calories from fat the same as calories from carbohydrates? The answer still isn't clear, but one thing is for sure: eat fewer calories and you'll lose weight. Here are a few more interesting tidbits about calories. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Mar 2013 @ 2:45am

    Counting calories is just to hard.

    Weight yourself at night before sleep and in the morning before you eat or drink. Subtract the two values and you have an approximate idea of how much you burned.

    That will give you the amount of food intake you can have. According to your lifestyle.


    night = 156.5 lb (71 Kg)
    morning = 154.3 lb (70 Kg)

    So you can eat 2.2 lb (1 Kg) of food.

    What food you ask?
    Well different foods may have different metabolic rates, keep a log of what you eat and how much you weight and you will see trends going up or down, then you will slowly learn what to eat and what not to eat depending on what you want.

    I also was wandering if I shouldn't emulate hardships.
    I mean we evolved based on the need to save every bit of energy because food was hard to find and consume in great quantities, so based on that maybe I should fast the week and vanquish my famish at the weekends. This to try and emulate natural cycles.

    From my own observations.

    If you take a lot of liquid during the day(more than 2 litters of liquid intake) you probably lose between 2.2 and 4.4 lb per day without any exercise at all only sleeping at night.

    If you take less liquid you get between 1.1 and 2.2 lb loss in the morning when you wake up.

    This probably means that you lose about 1.1 lb(.05kg) just sleeping and letting your body use that.

    Which I assume is the ideal solid food intake for most people with sedentary life styles they should eat 1.1 lb of solids each day.

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