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The Benefits of Counting Calories

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 05, 2015
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  • Counting calories may need a lot of research and planning.
  • Your dietician can help you prepare a calorie based diet chart.
  • Monitor your daily calorie intake.
  • You will be able to get fitter, leaner and healthier.

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You may not like tracking your food and the calories every food item offers. In fact, it can be more difficult than it sounds. After all you would need to do a lot of research and always keep a track of what you are eating every day. But, it can be one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy weight and improve overall health. You need some calories daily to support the normal functioning of the body. The amount of calorie you may need depends on several factors including your age, gender, daily schedule and weight along with some other factors. So, why monitor these calories? Counting your calories can benefit your overall health to a great extent.

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Maintain healthy weight

By monitoring and regulating your daily calorie intake, you will be able to maintain a healthy weight suitable for your height, age and gender. Taking more calories than you actually need results in the body starting to store extra calories in the form of fat. It leads to weight gain which can be very harmful in the long run. Limiting your calorie intake to only what your body needs daily, helps you to maintain the healthy weight you should have. On the other hand, if you are already on the heavy side, you will be able to lose some weight every week till you reach the healthy weight limit.

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Reduces risks

Several studies have found that people who are obese or weigh more than the ideal weight are more at risk of several health problems as compared to people who are of healthy weight. Counting your calories allows you to maintain healthy weight which helps you achieve the more important goal of keeping health problems at bay.

Enhanced personality

Calorie conscious people tend to appear fitter, leaner and healthier than people who have no control over their calorie intake. A person who is conscious about his calorie intake is more likely to appear younger and healthier.

Disciplined lifestyle

When you start counting the calories, you start developing discipline in your daily life. You usually don’t just stop there. You also start understanding the risks of unhealthy habits and make efforts to quit them. Even if you are not bothered about anything beyond your calorie intake, you make yourself less prone to emotional eating and food deprivation. On the other hand, you also need to maintain a balanced, healthy diet on a daily basis which is one of the basic requirements for a better overall health.

So, the next time you visit your dietician, discuss a balanced diet plan for yourself that mentions the calorie count of every food on the list. Once you have the diet plan ready, all you need to do is to stick to that healthy and balanced diet.

 

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