Counting Calories: How Much Are A Hundred Calories?

Counting Calories: How Much Are A Hundred Calories?

Counting calories maybe is not the best way to actually slim down your figure, but it is a good start. Every person has his own unique organism and their metabolism differs too. However, super foods are often the same for most people. You should not stress your body with a drastic diet of “no-eating”: it may lead to complications of your health and such problems that you may even have to enter a hospital. Instead, it is better to cut down any unhealthy foods and focus on the “good” ones. But which ones are those?

Let’s go back to calories for now. They are simply the measure of energy that your food and drink contains. Your body needs the energy for all activities you perform during the day. Combined with daily workouts, even if they are just ten minutes, a healthy diet will lead you on the path towards a beautiful, lean and healthy body. And isn’t that what we all want? A healthy, balanced diet that contains lots of fruit, vegetables, protein and even carbohydrates will help you to feel better. Still, it is crazy to think you can binge on these “healthy” foods endlessly and have a Victoria Secret body.

If you want to be losing weight, you need to aim at an intake of about 1,400 calories per day for women and 1,900 for men. This is an approximate number, of course, since it depends on how tall you are, how much physical activity you get each day and what your metabolism is.

The main strategy you need to sustain is to eat smaller meals, but often, as opposed to eating twice a day, but in big amounts. That will keep you full during the day and still leave your body enough time to process the food you have eaten.

If you divide the 1,400 calorie intake into five meals, you get approximately 300 calories per meal or snack. Still, do not forget that you can get above the number 1,400, especially if you workout!

Let’s have a look at how much food is the equivalent to approximately 100 calories:

  • Large boiled egg: about 80 calories
  • A roasted skinless chicken drumstick: about 75 calories
  • A cup of broccoli
  • A medium apple: about 70 calories
  • Half a cup of natural fat-free yogurt: 85 calories
  • A cup of low-fat, low-sodium vegetable soup
  • Four small baked sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 ½ oz baked salmon
  • Two cups of watermelon
  • Two cups of popcorn with two tablespoons of butter
  • A cup of fresh raspberries: about 65 calories
  • Four satsumas
  • A carrot with two tablespoons of humus
  • Three slightly buttered rice cakes

The list can go on, but you get the idea that there is a great variety of foods you can eat and still be “on a diet”. Notice that fruits contain a surprising amount of calories: that is due to the sugars in them. Keep a diverse diet and you will not miss anything from the fridge!

Remember that you can have cheat days, of course. Whether it is burgers, pizza, any fast-food or desserts, you can “cheat” your diet once in a while. Perhaps a weekly cheat meal will keep you happy and satisfied with your crazy cravings! A healthy lifestyle should not be torture; it should make you feel better and confident!

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