Introduction to Calories

04
Apr
2019

Like all living organisms, the human body needs fuel to function and the fuel is coined as calories. Many may wonder: What exactly are calories? A calorie is a unit of energy. From a nutrition perspective, sources of calories come from all types of food – carbohydrates, proteins, fats and sugar – and they are important fuels for the body to perform tasks like breathing.

How many calories does my body need?

On average, the recommended daily calorie intake for an adult man is 2,200 calories while an adult woman needs about 1,800 calories. Active people would require more calories than a person that lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Calories and weight loss

Counting calories is one way to monitor weight loss. Excessive calorie intake is stored as fat in the body while cutting down calories can help people to lose weight. However, if our calorie consumption is too low or too high, there may be health complications in the long run. Although counting and cutting calories can be a practical approach to weight loss, it is important to have a well-balanced diet to stay healthy.

Do you know?

Food sold in Food Canopy is labelled with their respective calorie count.

 

Reference: Healthhub.sg. (2019). An Introduction To Calories. [online] Available at: https://www.healthhub.sg/programmes/69/intro-to-calories.