Fats & Calorie Counting

Everyone knows that they should consume less of dietary fats; however they are unaware of the exact quantity that they should consume. Some people could be eating more than their requirement, while others could be eating less.

The requirement of dietary fats depends upon age, sex, lifestyle habits, level of physical activity etc. Hence, it is important to estimate your daily fat requirement correctly.

Approximately, 25 – 30% of your daily intake of calories should come from dietary fats. In fact, in a weight loss diet you can restrict your fat consumption to even 20% of your total calorie intake.

So, if you know your daily calorie requirement, then you can estimate how many calories should be coming from fats. Moreover, you should correctly estimate how many grams of fat meet your estimated calorie requirement.

Dietary fats are calorie dense; each gram of fat contains high number of calories. To be precise, every gram of fat contains nine calories. This is more than double the amount of calories contained in the same quantity of carbohydrates or fats.

Therefore, dietary fats are needed in very small quantities. However; it is not possible to estimate precisely the amount of fats in all food products.

However, very little consumption of fats is also harmful. First and foremost, we must remember that fats are a source of energy for our body. They are organic compounds composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

Although, fats have been perceived to be the main culprits that bring about weight gain, they have a very important role to play in our weight loss.Fats slow down the burning of carbohydrates and proteins for energy in our body. Thus, sustaining the blood sugar level, speeding up metabolism and thereby helping with weight loss.

So, you should be careful about the amount of fats you are consuming every day. However, one should also be aware at the rate at which fat is burnt in their body. Dietary fats along with proteins and carbohydrates are utilised by the body for generating energy.

After the body has used up calories from carbohydrates, it turns to the fat reserves for its energy requirement. Usually during a workout, the body starts to use the stored fat reserves for energy after the first twenty minutes. So, if you want that your workout burns more fat cells in your body, you have to make sure it lasts considerably longer than twenty minutes.

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