How Many Calories Did Your Burn On You Last Ride?
We get calories from the food we eat—there are 9 calories in every gram of fat and 4 calories in every gram of protein and carbohydrate. Unused calories are stored in fat cells, which is the body’s way of conserving energy for when it needs it, but these calories can be burned through exercise. Excess calories can result in excess weight, which can contribute to everything from heart disease to insulin resistance to decreased cognitive function, so it’s worth exercising some moderation if you notice that you’re going over. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up everything—watching calories is “all about making swaps and developing habits that are sustainable for the long-term rather than just depriving yourself,” says Charles Platkin, Ph.D., M.P.H., distinguished lecturer at Hunter College and City University of New York School of Public Health. Adding whole grains, fruits, and vegetables into your meals is a great way eliminate added sugars, fats, and calories—and since those foods often have more fiber than their more processed counterparts, you’ll also finish your meal feeling fuller. Watching your calories might even help you break out of a food rut to try new things. How Many Calories Do I Need? Everybody has a Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which is the minimum number of calories you need to keep your body running.
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