Overeating can be difficult to avoid during the holiday season. While one large meal isn’t going to have a lasting effect on you waistband, it’s a good idea to know how many calories you should be consuming a daily basis. Below are some easy calculations to figure out your daily calorie needs! These are general guidelines for healthy, moderately active adults and can vary individual to individual.
For those trying to lose weight, one pound of weight loss requires burning 3,500 calories. To lose a pound per week, you can cut 500 per day. With these numbers in mind, it is also a good idea to be mindful of portion sizes. A serving of vegetables is about the size of your fist. Vegetable juices can be a great way to get important vitamins and minerals, but they do not contain the same amount of fiber as whole vegetables. Fiber is an important part of a balanced diet and helps you feel fuller longer. Listen to my podcast with Tanya Zuckerbrot where we discuss a high fiber diet! Protein also helps you feel full. A serving of protein is approximately the size of a deck of cards. A great rule of thumb is to fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with whole grains. Remember beauties, good portion control is the key to a healthier and more fit lifestyle!