Thursday, July 7, 2011

Calories, Cholesterol, Trans fat and me

My friend who is our office secretary was a plus size before. She's been plus size for a long long time until she met some physically fit  friends and convinced her to go on diet and workout. Now she's medium size and is our gym instructor and our nutritionist. She's the reason why I was inspired to do some research about these thing.


What is Calories?- is the amount of energy in food or drink that we intake. Food energy is expressed as food calories and is normally used in nutritional context. The more we ate means the more energy or calories we
absorbed.
To lessen the calories in our body, a person should burn it through physical activities.

In general, the average calorie requirement per day ranges between 1500 and 2000. 

Eating 500 calories more a day (in excess of the total calorie requirement) will make a person gain one pound in a week, and, conversely, eating 500 calories less than the TCR per day will reduce one pound from the person’s body weight in a week.

The average calories burned in 30-minute of any of these activities are as follows: sleeping, 35; typing on computer, 50; ironing, 63; cooking, 86; light housework, 115; mopping floor, 119; shopping, 102; fishing, 119; climbing hills (no load), 232; walking slowly, 106; walking briskly, 120; running slowly, 280; running fast, 384; jogging, 215; cycling, 123; swimming, 311; ballroom dancing, 98; aerobic dancing, 198; volleyball, 96; football, 253; basketball, 265; golf, 140; tennis, 209; and, badminton, 186. Foreplay in sex for 15 minutes, burns about 22.5 calories and actual sexual intercourse for 15 minutes, 67.5 calories (a total of only 90 calories for the entire activity, believe it or not!). -inspired from: 
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/opinion/view/20081222-179420/Calories-in-Filipino-foods

What is Cholesterol?-is a type of lipid and also a waxy substance produce by the liver. It can be found in certain foods specially with foods that came from animal sources. There are actually two ypes of cholesterol: HDL (high-density lipoproteins) which is also called as "good cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoproteins) which is also called as "bad cholesterol.
Too much cholesterol in the body could mean a serious health problems.

What is Trans Fat?- is commonly known as unsaturated fats. It could possibly monounsaturated or polyunsaturated but never saturated.  Trans fat is also known as "trans-fatty acids". Too much trans fat in our  body could also lead to definite health disorder.




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