This is going to be a very straight forward and pretty obvious blog post.
I am somewhat of a fitness freak. Ever since I was a kid I had a weird obsession with health, where if anybody told me that a certain food was good for my body, you could bet that no matter how horrible it tasted, that I was going to eat it. Which is how I gained my affinity for ginseng(a popular root used in chinese herbal medicine).
And of course, this evolved into what I am today, where I always want to be in fighting shape, or at least half way there. This obsession has led me to investigating the effects of all types of supplements, super foods, vitamins, etc. Now I am not saying that I have obtained any thing close to the expertise of a nutritionist, but I am saying that I know enough to understand or have a rough estimate of where my body is at.
And for those of you want to do the same thing, I am going to give you simpletons a place to start.
First, you want to know how many calories you should be eating to maintain weight. And for those of you who are wondering, it is not 2000 calories. The daily amount of recommended calories all depend on your age, gender, weight, height, and amount of daily physical activity.
Please use http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html to find out how many calories you need.
So I know that I need to consume roughly 3,400 calories(6 steaks, 34 bananas, 34 cups of rice, 6 big macs, etc) a day to stay my weight. I consume about 2700. So at that rate, I am going to lose about 1.5 lbs a week. I am not trying to lose weight at all, but that is about how much I eat on a daily basis, and I am not starving myself by no means.
Here’s a list of what I eat on an average day:
- A green smoothie(Kale, spinach, blue berries, and a banana)
- 2-3 bowls of cereal
- Bacon Fried Rice
- Fried Chicken Sandwich(a brother’s got to live)
- Oven Baked Potato Fries
- Cup of Broccoli
The average male (25 years old, 160lbs, 5’10”, works out 3 times a week) needs around 2300 calories to maintain weight.
The average female (25 years old, 130lbs, 5’5”, works out 3 times a week) needs around 1800 calories to maintain weight.
If I based my calorie count on what the average male needed, I would be off by over 1000 calories! So you must know how many calories you need to consume.\
Then, you should understand the calorie count and nutritional value of the foods you are eating on a daily basis.
So off the top of your head you should know that a banana is 100 calories, a potato is about 150 calories, a cup of kale is 30 calories, etc. By doing this, when you are out eating, you can have a rough estimate of how much calories your food will have.
The importance of understanding the nutritional value is pretty self evident You want to know if you are having a balanced diet that will give you the vitamins, proteins, carbs, and fats that you need to have a healthy and more importantly thriving body.
Some quick tips on foods:
- Broccoli and Kale= Super Food, meaning they are so vitamin rich that they will cover almost everything that your body needs from greens.
- Do not cut out fat of your diet. Media has demonized fats, and people are now running away from fat. You need fat, but of course there are healthier fats than others that I would recommend you focus on. They are. . .
- Coconut Oil
- Fish Oil( your body cannot naturally produce the omega-3, so you will need to consume this anyways) This food also seems to increase brain stamina, which could be due to the fact that the omega-3 is used for the brain, but I can not say for sure.
A key component to understanding your body is so that you do not mistake feeling tired, angry, or depressed as actual anger or depression, when it could simply be that you are not eating enough, or you’re having a chemical imbalance(meaning not having a balanced diet), or simply be because you are just not sleeping enough.
Having a clear understanding of where your body is at gives you a base standard to judge upon, as opposed to running blind and blaming depression or something outside of yourself.
Make sure to take care of yourself, and understand that how you feel in inseparably tied to your health.
It’s that simple,