• Many dieters do not the basics about calories
  • Average man requires 2,500kcal per day, women on average require 2,000kcal
  • Identifying balance is key for maintaining weight

Calories - the hidden demon for many dieters, with very few actually getting to grips and understanding the basics.

Calories are a measure of the amount of energy food possesses. Experts identify the number of calories within food by burning it, the larger the flame – the more calories it contains. Dieters looking to lose weight should look to eat fewer calories and exercise more, this shifts the energy balance in favour of the dieter and their weight loss goals.

Eating and drinking adds calories to the body, if this is not burned off through exercise and life’s daily activities, the body starts to store the excess as fat. It is a well-known fact that men require 2,500 calories a day to support an active lifestyle, whilst women require 2,000 calories per day. Some well-known celebrities including Man vs Food presenter Adam Richman gained significant weight after regularly consuming more calories than his body was using. Since leaving the programme, Adam has lost a staggering 5st.

What can you do to monitor your intake of calories?

Many products sold in supermarkets and in restaurants now detail how many calories are in the item contains. This should be used as a guide for recording your daily intake against your fat-burning activities. Some smartphone apps including MyFitnessPal easily allow you to record what products you have eaten throughout the day and the level of exercise undertaken. This has become a necessity for many dieters to ensure that they reach their weight loss goals.