The Importance of Calories!
Why Are Calories Important?
Calories are units of energy, contained within food, and used by the human
body to maintain daily health and life. Calories are associated with energy that
is contained in protein, carbohydrates and fat. Within each of these measures,
calories will have a given amount of energy available. Different foods
will provide different amounts of calories. In addition to this, the other
nutrients needed for the human body will also differ according to the foods
The human body will burn calories in order to remain healthy and balanced.
This is by the metabolism moving calories through your body. Your metabolism may
also turn calories into proteins or amino acids if the body needs it. These
calories then move into the bloodstream and turn into cells or become stored
energy. The energy your body needs in order to stay healthy and alive is
directly related to the number of calories you intake (eat). The inverse is also
true, too many calories consumed can lead to weight problems and poor
You can determine how many calories you need through a variety of factors.
Every individual will differ depending on what their body needs to stay
balanced. There are several ways that you can find out how many calories you need
each day. This can also help in determining the types of foods that you need to
eat. These can then be balanced with the nutrients that your body needs, such as
vitamins and minerals. These can provide an extra boost for your energy burning
Our food calculator page contains the different types of foods that can be consumed over a year or
smaller measure of time according to your age and / or family size.
For high-energy activities, your body can burn twice the number of calories
(or more) than what is needed at rest. Intensive activities will require
more calories, while sedentary activities will require less. Please keep this in mind. Most people buy far fewer calories then they really need and utterly fail to take into account any intense activity where calories will be burned much faster.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is not a measure of
calories. The RDA is the recommendation of essential vitamins and
minerals. The RDA is defined as "the average daily dietary intake
level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all
(approximately 98 percent) healthy individuals". This amount will
vary however, according to your age and level of activity.
Many so-called food storage plans are significantly lacking on the number of
calories required in order for you to stay healthy. This means that you would
actually eat the food contained within the plan considerably faster then
it was claimed to last. This also means that these plans are not the 'good deal'
that they appeared to be. We have found that many will not last 1/4 of the time they are advertised -- see our Price Comparison page for examples. This makes these units incredibly expensive -- you would need 3 or 4 of them instead of just 1 to stay healthy.
Insufficient calorie intake can lead to poor
nutrition, low energy levels, and poor health. These can dramatically impair your ability to fight off disease, infection, perform work or even walk to a safe area.
Competition for food will be one of the most misunderstood 'events' of all. History shows that food is the #1 priority for all civilizations and society. We take this for granted at our own peril. Food is the dividing line between comfort and safety and all-out chaos.
Also see the Livestrong article, "Why
Are Calories Important?"