What are calories?
Calories are a measurement of energy. Almost all foods contain nutrients that can be used by the body to fuel everything we do from your walk around the block to the constant beating of your heart. Every person needs calories to live, just like a car needs fuel to run. However, eating too many calories can lead to weight gain.
Filling your calorie or energy tank to the right level
Your body runs on food and beverages like your car runs on fuel. However, you may not be aware of how much fuel you need each day. Each person has his or her own individualized fuel needs – in other words, each of us needs a different number of calories to fuel our bodies. This number depends on many factors including your age, weight, height, gender, and activity level.
Your body stores and releases energy constantly, even when you’re caloric intake is in balance with your caloric expenditure. However, when the calories you consume exceed the demand from your activity and metabolic needs, excess energy remains in storage in the form of fat. If you consistently consume excess calories, your body weight will increase as fat stores increase.
When you eat or drink, a portion of the calories may get used immediately to supply energy needed for physical activity or metabolic functions such as breathing and cell repair. However, the American Heart Association explains that a portion of the calories consumed typically goes into storage to be released when your body needs energy between meals. Hormones regulate the release of energy from fat stores to meet your body’s metabolic needs.
Your body converts energy not used immediately into triglycerides, which are transported to and stored in fat cells. Although dietary fats take the form of triglycerides in food and in your body, calories from carbohydrates and proteins are also converted to triglycerides for storage. The amount of energy your body stores depends on your diet, your basal metabolic rate and your lifestyle.
If you’re caloric intake and expenditure balances out, your body weight will remain steady despite the fact that calories are stored temporarily until your body needs them. However, an excess of calories over time leads to an unhealthy level of body fat as your stores of triglycerides increase. Excess fat comes directly from excess calories in your diet.
The only way to decrease stored body fat is to take in fewer calories than your body needs, which forces your body to tap into fat stores to address energy needs.
Your diet and your activity habits contribute to your body’s storage of excess calories. It’s important to make healthy choices that reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, improve your health and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise daily. Plan your meals to include a healthy balance of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats.
Manna helps you to eat less, taking in less calories
Taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support tablets with each meal, keeps you satisfied for much longer, helping you to eat less during the day. A lower calorie intake means that you can start to lose weight.