The Complete Guide to Calories [Infographic]
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Why so many carbs?!
While of course consuming far more food than we need is going to contribute to excess weight, we really need to start moving beyond thinking of food as calories (or even macronutrients) since that's what gets people consuming absolute garbage such as artificially sweetened drinks, meal replacement powders, and other "diet foods."
This is awesome! Thanks for posting!
Wonderful! Thank you!
The percentages are completely wrong.
Love the graphic but if someone ate 50% carbohydrate from grain, dairy, and fruit they would be huge with diabetes. Where are the vegetables? They should be in the carb group as well.
65% carbohydrates? That is insane. Let me guess, some clueless RD probably came up with this ridiculous conclusion. Flip the carb and protein ratio and you'll be much better off.
Hi all, thanks for your comments! Yes, carbs from vegetables are definitely great — we're just providing some suggestions, though in hindsight we definitely could have made some veggie suggestions a bit more prominent :)
Hey Dominic, the percentages are general ranges, though those with specific dietary needs and plans might vary. Thanks for reading!
2,500 Kcal x Day
Such a blanket statement about diabetes. You know what? For almost the entire last year, my diet has been about 50-60% carbohydrates from simple sugar like fruit, fruit juice, and even table sugar from time to time.
Some days I consume 2 liters of OJ, and about a half gallon of milk.
My fasting glucose is within range.
And guess what? I'm still muscular, and fairly lean. Not gaining lots of weight or getting fat.
I'm even hypothyroid, and making these changes seem to be much better than eating a lot of fat and skimping on the carbs.
What's the moral of this story? I stay within calorie balance, exercise 3-4 times per week, and make sure I'm getting enough protein to support my training.
hey Dominic Hardiman, please enlighten us with the proper percentages. Please tell us all how it's supposed to be since this infographic was meant to touch upon each individual with every single need.
Flip the carbs and protein and then you've got it right....way too many carbs in that equation.
halp. the carbs. i brun
Hi, I did tweet you about this because the Basic Metabolic Rate calculation looks a bit off to me, but I didn't get a reply. Why does the calculation for women begin with 655 and the calculation for men begin with 65? Huge difference there, no?
@bushra Hi Bushra, the equation in the graphic is actually correct — seems strange, but that's how the calculations work out given the other numbers in the equation!
@DavidThomasTao @bushra Hi, thanks for clarifying! I looked at other web pages and you're right! Is there any reason why the difference is so huge? When I come to the eventual calorie intake calculation I'm stunned by how much I could consume before I started gaining weight!
@bushra When you take into account the other components of the equation, the difference isn't actually as big as it looks at first glance (strange, we know!). A potential issue with this equation and others like it is that many people overestimate their activity levels, so just be wary of that!
*66 for men even...
The problem is that I am a consistent exerciser (hard level activity of exercise 6-7 days a week), but I work in front of a computer (aka sit all day), so I feel like this calculation could be inaccurate, any recommendations? I am trying to lose weight, as I am fearful of going down that 'dreaded path' of becoming obese and since I have been working I have gained 19 pounds in the last 4 months! Help Please! @jnnysm1989
@jnnysm1989 Howdy! If exercise isn't the issue, what needs to be tweaked is definitely the nutrition — gaining unwanted weight would likely be a symptom of overconsumption. Sleep deficits and stress could also be factors. We also recommend using a standing desk at work (or making one by staking phone books, stools, whatever!) to encourage better posture throughout the work day.