How many calories should I eat per day?

How many calories should you consume per day? This post answers a question asked on Y! Answers here.

This information varies greatly by gender, height, metabolic ability as well as daily exercise levels and other factors. As such, it can be difficult to put a baseline number to it! However, we’ll do our best.

Calculator

You can always give online calculators a try – they offer pretty accurate information sometimes. Here’s an example of one:

http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

The Formula

A good way to calculate your own caloric needs is to utilize the following formulas for varying genders:

Women:
655 + (4.3 x your weight in lbs) + (4.7 x your height in inches) – (4.7 x your age in years)

Men:
66 + (6.3 x your weight in lbs) + (12.9 x your height in inches) – (6.8 x your age in years)

Daily Caloric Intake Chart

As said before, the numbers vary so much that it is difficult to put a table together with values, but according to the above information, the following results are achieved:

Calories per Day
Age Height (inches) Weight (lbs) Male Female
20 60 140 1586 1445
20 60 160 1712 1531
20 70 140 1715 1492
20 70 160 1841 1578
20 80 140 1844 1539
20 80 140 1844 1539
30 60 160 1644 1484
30 60 140 1518 1398
30 70 140 1647 1445
30 70 160 1773 1531
30 80 140 1776 1492
30 80 160 1902 1578
40 60 140 1450 1351
40 60 160 1576 1437
40 70 140 1579 1398
40 70 160 1705 1484
40 80 140 1708 1445
40 80 160 1834 1531
50 60 140 1382 1304
50 60 160 1508 1390
50 70 140 1511 1351
50 70 160 1637 1437
50 80 140 1640 1398
50 80 160 1766 1484

So there you have it! Until next time!

- T.A.B

What are some good foods to eat after working out?

You’re exhausted and your stomach just rumbled – but wait, you don’t want to consume all those calories you just worked so hard to burn, right? This informative article is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers here.

Whether you just spent 10 minutes exercising or two hours it’s important that you nourish your body after exercising to replace key vitamins and nutrients. But just what are those foods? Let’s take a look.

Amino Acids

First of all, what the heck is an Amino Acid? Basically they’re the building blocks of your existence – yeah, pretty important. Even more importantly, your body uses an absolute TON of these in rebuilding muscles balancing hormones and adding structure to your bones. Essentially you gotta replenish these things, but what to eat? Protein!

  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish

The Carbs!! (ohydrates)

Exercise also has a way of peeking into your sugar reserves and stealing from them. A more complicated way of describing this uses the word glycogen.┬áBasically your body uses an immense amount of these while exercising, so you need to replenish them. Here’s how:

  • Rice
  • Any and all fruits and vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Any whole grains

Don’t forget the Water

It’s also very important to replenish your bodily fluids. The most effective way of doing this is through good ol’ water (though Gatorade can do a bang-up job of replacing electrolytes and such). You can visit a post on water consumption here.

Hope this helps unveil some of the mysteries – happy exercising! (and eating)

- T.A.B

Why do people get dandruff?

Why do people get dandruff? That itchy, flaky, irritable stuff that no one wants – great question. This is a detailed response to a question asked on Y! Answers here. Let’s take a look!

What IS dandruff?

Well, quite simply, dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Nice eh? Not really. Dandruff is not to be confused with a dry scalp, which is another common disorder in the area.

Why do we get it?

Well, dandruff can be affected by exposure to radical temperatures or seasonal changes (hot and cold), elevated stress levels (as with just about everything these days), as well as through our genetic structure. Simply put, some people are just more prone to dandruff than others. It is also good to understand that some small amount of flaking is really quite normal.  The more serious cases are usually accompanied by a redness and irritation.

How do we get rid of it?

There are a number of products to deal with dandruff. Let’s briefly go through them:

  • Shampoo Brands: The majority of dandruff issues can be treated with specialized shampoos. There are a number of products on the market currently that utilize different chemical structures to help fight your flaky scalp, including Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, and the anti-fungal based approach Nizoral. Do a little bit of reading and testing and see which works best for you!

There you have it – a quick summary on the details surrounding what dandruff is, how we get it, and how to get rid of it!

- T.A.B