Counting CaloriesThe RDA (recommended daily allowance) for calorie intake is shown below:
2,000 a day for a woman
2,500 for a man
For children, it is age related but the BDA (British Dietetic Association) recommends an RDA of:
- 0 - 5 months 650 calories
- 5 - 12 month 850 calories (weaning)
- 1 - 3 years 1,300 calories
- 4 - 6 years 1,800 calories
- 7 - 10 years 2,000 calories
Note that after 30 years, calorie counting requirements may drop if you live a sedentary lifestyle, by as much as 200 calories a day and after 50 by a further 200. Weight loss may slow down considerably unless you exercise with Cardio and muscle building programmes, which are known to increase metabolism. It is a good idea to use counting calories and exercise, as weight bearing exercises can help increase metabolism and prevent Osteoporosis, muscle building helps prevent weakness in old age and is good for circulation.
The lowering of metabolism as we get older is partly responsible for why we gain weight when we don't seem to overeat. It doesn't take very many calories to take us into a weight maintenance zone, or a weight gain zone and knowing our personal intake maximums for each zone can be of real help in counting calories and realising a healthy medium. So you can see why having a calorie counting tool is very useful, especially as part of a nutritionally balanced dietary intake and if we are to sustain a weight loss each week. Either that, or we work off the extra calories by upping the exercise we do.
It is widely accepted and there is a lot of clinical evidence for weight loss, which backs up the fact, that to lose weight we have to redress the energy balance. This means that, counting calories to eat less than we expend, in order for the body to make up the difference by using the excess fat on our bodies is paramount to weight loss.
You may read about fad diets and many claim to be miraculous, offering rapid weight loss. However, if you carefully analyze the diet itself and calorie count for each day, you will find that on the whole they adhere to this rule, some extremely so and to harmful results. To make counting calories as easy as possible, simple tools and little information can go a long way.
Use the tools...
The Diet Plate as a calorie counting weight management system;
- provides 1,200 - 1,550 calories for a woman, using Female system
- provides 1,500 - 1,900 calories for a man, using Male system
- provides 1,200 - 1,550 calories for a child, using Magic system
We all eat off plates and by swapping your regular plate for the Diet Plate it can make the task much simpler and help you become more disciplined,
In taking this simple premise of counting calories, the dieter can achieve great weight loss. If used together with a weekly exercise set, then maximum weight loss can be had, including great improvements to the bodies physical, mental and emotional well-being.
While this method will work on any foodstuffs, it is highly recommended to have a nutritionally balanced diet, that incorporates all food groups.
An easy to manage calorie counting system in your daily life can quickly become subconscious habit if simply implemented, eventually becoming a natural skill in your day to day life and your path to success.