LESSON 16

Daterming Calorie Needs

Calorie needs are very individual and can vary from day to day depending on many circumstances. But in general, calorie needs depend on:

  •   bodily size
  •   muscle to fat ratio
  •   physical activity level

The ideal approach to diet is to listen to the body about food choices, provided that the given food options are within the category of natural and unprocessed foods, as well as about how much to eat.

Let’s acknowledge that the body, which has been influenced by the unnatural tastes of processed and seasoned foods for years, coupled with unhealthy eating habits, has corrupted ability of choosing the right type and amount of food. Only a clean body becomes a reliable guide to diet.

Until the body regains its clean ability in choosing food, it is very helpful to have some guidelines that give you an idea of ​​what food and how much of food would be appropriate. The basic guideline is to know your personal calorie needs that can be easily estimated in some online program, such as cronomenter or calorie calculator. After filling in your personal data, you are given the estimation of how many calories on a daily basis you require.

The next step is to track your calorie intake for a few days or weeks at the start of your new diet. This requires some measuring and inputting data into a calorie measurement program, but it is only necessary at first to get a sense of what food volumes are needed on a new diet.

It is extremely important to understand that the caloric values ​​of foods are average caloric values for a given food variety and are in no way precise caloric values for each subvariety, harvest or even every sample of the same food, because the exact measures vary with the weather conditions in a given harvest year, the quality of the soil, the level of ripeness of the fruit at harvest and the level of ripeness and freshness of the given produce when consumed.

But even though calories stated for foods may not be precise, calorie estimations in foods are still a good guideline that can be very helpful.

So the first step is to determine your personal calorie needs, followed by tracking your calories for a couple of days and weeks, and then giving up on the numbers and listening to your intuition and body’s wisdom and thus meeting your bodily needs at a given moment.

  •  Okay… we are clear on calories now, but what about micronutrients? How can we be sure that we meet all of our nutritive needs?

This is a common question… which, ironically, far more deserves to be asked on a standard diet. The following lesson resolves this concern.

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