Since having children (some years ago now!) I have failed to find any exercise I have been able to stick to and it was getting harder and harder to stay fit.
I have now been training with Olivia for 8 months and really enjoying it. Olivia changes it each session so it’s never boring and always challenging!
With a great temperament, Olivia is very encouraging and keeps the sessions fun.
I’m certainly a lot fitter than I was before I started and somewhat leaner too!
I can highly recommend.
What actually are calories…
Some would say…. the little Gremlins that make your clothes shrink overnight, women tend to decrease them and men try to increase them.
Calories…we’re always talking about them. We eat and count them. We burn and balance them. We watch them and cut them. And when we overeat them, we often curse calories for making us fat. For all the attention we pay to calories, you’d think we would have a pretty good idea of what they are. But the truth is, most people would find it difficult to explain exactly what calories are.
What Calories Are…and What They Aren’t
How to Calculate Each Calorie in a Serving of Food
So, what are the sources of calories in the foods that we eat? The big three macronutrients—protein, fat and carbohydrate which i have previously discussed in my blog—provide the majority of the calories we eat. Here’s how it breaks down. A gram of protein has 4 calories’ worth of energy; a gram of carbohydrate also has 4 calories locked away. Fat is a more concentrated source of energy: each gram of fat contains 9 calories of energy.
There’s one other calorie source that’s considered separately, and that’s alcohol. That’s because a gram of pure alcohol has 7 calories, nearly as calorie-dense as pure fat, know you now why after a big weekend your abs are nowhere to be seen !!!!
The values of 4 calories per gram of protein or carbohydrate, 9 calories per gram of fat, and 7 calories per gram of alcohol are used to determine the calorie counts of foods. Let me walk you through a simple example.
Another thing to keep in mind: Some things in your foods have no calories at all, such as water and fiber. Water and fiber add volume to foods without adding any calories at all. That’s why foods that are high in fiber and water content (like fruits and vegetables) have a lot fewer calories per bite than foods that contain very little water or fiber.
The trick is not to worry about calories but be mindful of what they are. Find out how many you need it really is as as simple as calories in vs Calories out no Einstein Mathematicians needed, keep a written food diary or use my fitness pal 70% of people underestimate the number of calories they eat per day.
1 Krispy Kreme Doughnut = 218 Burpees
1 Mc Donalds Big Mac = 506 Burpees
1 Caesar salad = 671 Burpees (Dark Horse )
1 Dominos Supreme Pizza = 1,266 Burpees
So if you still can't get your head around Calories or simply can't be bothered to track them , take two a a few minutes and look up how many burpees you will have to do to burn the equivalent in calories, life is about balance but being mindful is the key.