The devil is in the details. I never discussed or wrote anything about the number of calories from the foods I’ve been eating and this is the same with everybody else. You don’t have the time recalling or counting the number of calories from the foods you are eating. We eat because we want to satisfy our need to eat because the food we eat is the source of our energy to run and do the things on a daily basis. In short, there is no time for us to be computing those detailed numbers before we eat our food. We simply don’t want to be hungry!
I found some data from two books I bought two years ago. One book is entitled “Training Plans For Multisport Athletes” by Gale Bernhardt and the othee book is entitled “Joy of Cooking” by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker.
For my average weight of 140 pounds, to determine the number of daily caloric intake neded to maintain my body weight is to multiply 30 calories per kilogram of my body weight. To find my weight in kilograms, I have to divide my weight in pounds by 2.2 and the result is 63.6 or 64 kilograms. So, multiply this with 30, the resut is 1,920 calories as my daily calorie intake. However, if I want to run an average of one hour every day, I need to add 770 to 780 calories ( the average of calories I burn when I run as based from the data gathered from my GF 305). In summary, I need 2,800 calories everyday! The question now is where will I get those numbers and what food will I eat for the whole day?
The following is the list of my food I take on a certain day with the corresponding calories based from the book, “Joy of Cooking”.
2 Fried Eggs with Cooking Oil—210 calories
4 Slices of White Bread—250 calories
1 cup of coffee with cream—60 calories
1 Ripe Banana—100 calories
Fried Banana with Oil & Sugar + Water—-200 calories
2 cups of Boiled White Rice—400 calories
Fried Milkfish (Bangus)—200 calories
Sauteed Vegetable with Pork—300 calories
Fried Sweet Potato with Sugar + Water—200 calories
2 cups of rice—400 calories
Pork Adobo—300 calories
1 Ripe Banana—100 calories
The total number of calories on these foods is 2,720 calories! I could say, it approximates the number of daily calories needed for my body in order to maintain my weight in 140 pounds.
Basically, my food intake is very simple and without those “fastfood” meals and “sweet & fancy”snacks. If I take such meals, I have to burn more calories by running more than one hour.
If you think you are gaining weight and feel heavy, the reason could be is that you have eaten more food which means more calories had been ingested and stored in your body system. Don’t wait this thing to happen, you need to burn those calories by running or doing some physical activities.