The best time to weigh yourself

Weighing yourself can help you to track progress, whether you want to lose, maintain or gain weight. But the timing and frequency that you do this can sometimes make all the difference in encouraging you towards your goal. The best time to weigh yourself would be first thing in the morning, before you have eaten…

How many calories are there in a salad?

A salad can have as little as 100 calories or as much as 500+ calories. This largely depends on the ingredients that are used to prepare the salad as well as its portion size. Salads are often thought of as being very low in calories but this is not always the case. Lets take a…

1500 calorie diet plan

In most cases, a person would aim to eat 1500 calories if they wanted to lose weight. Eating fewer calories than you burn each day is known as a calorie deficit and doing this forces your body to utilize its fat stores as a source of energy. For a lot of people, 1500 calories would be a…

What are empty calories?

Empty calories are those that provide you with very little or no nutritional value. This means that the food that provides the empty calories does not have a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or fiber. As an example, consider a can of cola. It provides 136 calories, but apart from a tiny bit of phosphorus…

Healthy substitutes for vegetable oil

Vegetable oil is a fat that is extracted from the seeds of certain plants such as corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed and soybean. There are a number of ways of extracting these oils. One is cold pressing, which involves crushing and pressing the seeds at low temperatures to obtain the oils from them. Another way of…

Is swimming good for weight loss?

There is no doubt that swimming is an excellent exercise. It is low impact, great for your lungs & heart, reduces stress, improves strength and helps you stay flexible. It also works a large number of muscles, and targets those that would otherwise be under-worked. In addition, people from all age groups can (and should)…

How many calories should you eat for breakfast?

It has long been known that breakfast is an important meal because it is a source of fuel after a lengthy period of fasting. Studies have suggested that eating breakfast can assist with weight management, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and improve memory & concentration. The number of calories that a person…

High protein, low carb foods

It can be argued that protein is the most important macro-nutrient that the body requires. Protein boosts metabolism, maintains & builds muscle mass and is also highly filling. Whether you are trying to lose or gain weight, it is important to eat enough protein. There are numerous protein rich foods that you can include in…

2000 calorie diet plan

The average adult needs to consume 2000 – 2500 calories to maintain their weight. The number of calories that you as an individual should aim to consume will depend on your gender, age, weight, height, activity levels and overall goals. In its simplest form, weight management can be summarized by a short equation: calories in –…

What is the average calorie intake for women?

The average woman needs to consume roughly 2000 calories in order to maintain her weight. However, this number is just a guideline and individual calorie requirements will vary. The following factors determine calorie intake for women: Her body size – the larger a persons body size, the more energy they require. A short light-weight woman will need fewer calories than…

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