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How many calories should you eat in a day?

Nutritionists and dietitians share their real thoughts about calorie counting, as well as what they recommend.

Calories have long been thought of as one of best ways to keep track of your food intake and maintain or lose weight. But some nutritionists say that common belief isn’t necessarily true.

Licensed dietitian and nutritionist Keri Glassman said that, in general, people should avoid counting calories because it encourages people to focus on the wrong things.


“I absolutely never have people count calories,” Glassman said. “It can create unhealthy habits. It can work against you, for the majority of people.”


Her biggest problem with the method? It takes the focus away from nutrition.

For example, a person who's counting calories could eat a bag of low-calorie cookies and a can of calorie-free soda and feel happy they’ve consumed a small amount of calories, when in fact they’re not giving their body the nutrients it needs to feel full or energized. Even worse, they could be consumin…

5 things you find out when you get a fitness tracker

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5 things you find out when you get a fitness trackerShould you buy a fitness tracker? Wearable technology and smart apps are big news in the health world, but how do they impact our lives and do they actually make us fitter? Discover how we got on when we embraced the world of fit bands, activity trackers and fitness monitors... A multitude of fitness trackers have flooded the market in recent years, including big names such as Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit and Garmin, as well as countless smartphone apps designed to measure almost every aspect of health. By the end of 2016 it's estimated there will be around 10 million wearable devices in use in the UK, with this number expected to triple over the next four years.So does constant surveillance of our best (and worst) habits make us healthier? Good Food writer, Sarah spent some time immersed in her each and every step to help you decide whether it's worth investing...Ignorance is blissThere's nothing like cold, hard stats to make …

How many calories will I burn?

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How many calories will I burn?Stickler for stats? Want to know how long you'll need to run for to burn off that biscuit? Get to grips with calorie expenditure... The energy equationWhen it comes to weight, we all know the maths: do more, eat less and lose weight; do less, eat more and gain weight. But is it really as simple as that? Sports therapist, Katie Hiscock talks figures...
What's in a calorie?A kcal is a unit of energy contained in food and drink. UK guidelines currently advise an average of 2,000 calories per day for women, 2,500 calories for men and 1,800 for children aged 5 to 10. These guidelines help steer us in the right direction but they are approximate figures. If you're keen to find out a more accurate figure you need to work out your Total Daily Energy Expenditure - there are numerous tools available to help you calculate this online.Generally speaking, how many calories your body really uses each day depends on a number of key factors:Your age, height and…

Eating for exercise

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Eating for exerciseWe all know a healthy diet is key to feeling great, but are you eating the right foods to get the most from your workouts? Hands up if your exercise regime is as sporadic as the local bus? We're all guilty of watching our good intentions dwindle as we find any excuse to slack off yet we feel a whole lot better when we're active. So what makes us swap lithe smugness for the sofa? Ironically, it's often what we've had (or haven't had) to eat.Maybe you feel life is too busy for regular exercise. Maybe the dog ate your shorts. While there are a plethora of reasons to vanquish your virtue, one of the most common excuses for avoiding a run/swim/aerobics class is that we're just too tired.This lethargic attitude is partly because many of us have no idea how to fuel our bodies for the sweaty task ahead. Some may also be more prone to throwing in the towel when the scales take too long to tip. Whatever the motivation (or lack of), eating for exercise i…

What to eat on the bike

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What to eat on the bikeIf you've got a race or long ride on the horizon you might be wondering how you're going to keep your energy up. Synthetic gels and sugary sports drinks aren't for everyone, so we've totted up our favourite natural fuelling foods for cyclists... Fuelling options: Natural vs processedFor bike rides of over an hour, it’s wise to think about fuelling on the move to top up glycogen. This is the body’s main source of energy during moderate to intense exercise, which is stored in the muscles. Carbohydrate is the key nutrient to provide glycogen and you'll find a concentrated source in energy gels from sports nutrition manufacturers. Processed energy gels are easy to transport and deliver energy to muscles fast, but they can play havoc with your digestion and become pretty unpalatable after a few.This is why many cyclists are now turning to whole, natural foods to power them through training rides. American professional cyclist Christian Vande Velde …

8 things I wish I’d known before running a marathon

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8 things I wish I’d known before running a marathonApp obsession, hydration information and militant meal-planning – training for a marathon is no mean feat. BBC Good Food cookery assistant and keen runner Sophie Godwin shares the good, the bad and the painful... I used to be the type of runner who put on my old trainers and went for a jaunt around the park. At university, I used running to manage stress and boost creativity when faced with writing long history essays on The Weimar Republic. I’ve always loved running for the calmness it brings, and how clear your mind is when it's just you, your thoughts and the pavement. Then I started training for The London Marathon and everything changed. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I started…
You will become obsessed with an appRunning apps are useful tools, but the ability to track your progress in such minute detail alters your mindset dramatically. You find out exactly how fast you’re running, your average pace per run, how many kilo…

What do Tour de France cyclists eat?

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What do Tour de France cyclists eat?What does the diet of an elite cyclist look like? We asked top nutritionists at The Tour de France how riders eat to complete the famous 21 stages... Arguably the toughest challenge any cyclist will face, The Tour de France demands riders cover 3,519 km across 21 stages in just 23 days - the equivalent of cycling from England to Cairo! This epic journey requires a lot of mental determination, impressive fitness and a carefully honed, calorie-packed diet. With the riders on the bike nearly every day (there are a meagre two rest days during the entire tour), competitors must balance their high calorie requirements with the precise macronutrients required to quickly repair aching muscles. So how does an elite cyclist eat? We asked experts on The Tour to share their secrets...How many calories do the riders eat each day?

The short answer? A lot. Factors that affect daily energy requirements include how long the stage is, the terrain to be covered, and the…