How Many Calories Do You Need?
The Cunningham Equation. As you’ve probably guessed, there’s some weak points to the above method. Namely the fact that it doesn’t actually take into account your food choice, your exercise schedules or anything like that. Obviously if you have a big body, but are not fat, the above method is awful. It’s downfall is similar to the one of BMI measurements.
I’m not going to go into detail about this method right now (it’s long), but make sure you search around for it, or (hopefully), I’ll put up and article about it sometime.
People seem to believe that their body revolves around calories. BS in my opinion. It’s so much less about the actual size and calorific content of the food, and the actual food. Just to give you an idea why I think this is because NOT ALL CALORIES ARE THE SAME.
A balanced diet is far more important. Diet Coke claims to have 1 calorie inside, but that 1 calorie is not the same, as say, a calorie from a steak. There is a difference, and its large.
If you’ just want to lose some fat, or are just maintaining yourself, counting calories isn’t too important, just eat the right foods. If you eat 6 healthy meals a day, you’ll be fine.
However, if you’re looking to gain weight, then I do recommend counting calories, it works out.