Healthy eating is very important as well. As far as total number of calories needed per day, it really depends on a number of factors including age, gender, physical activity, medication use, the list goes on. Protein is very important. It fills us up faster and keeps us fuller, longer. Of course, vegetables and fruits are important as well. Of course, limiting sweet treats and fatty foods is key to avoid putting on those extra pounds. A great website that can help explain portion sizes, food groups and everything else you may be wondering about the foods we eat, is www.myfoodpyramid.gov
Finally, being aware of the foods we put in our mouth and the effect exercise has on our overall weight is very important. Food and exercise journaling can help us become more aware of the calories we consume. There are a few really good websites out there that make food and exercise journaling quite fun! My favorite is www.myfitnesspal.com It even has an app for your smart phone. Using something like myfitnesspal can really make keeping track of your health and fitness fun and easy!!! Hopefully these few tips will help you achieve the healthy YOU you’ve been striving towards.