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

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

 

Why do girls eat so much when they are angry/sad?

This post is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers located here.

A great resource that discusses this topic in-depth can be found here, but as always, we will be making a great effort to provide you with an easy-to-read, brief explanation of the subject!

Why do we eat so much when we’re emotional (angry or sad)?

Well, believe it or not, emotional eating is an extremely common trend among individuals – so much so, that it actually contributes to a significant amount of the obesity present in the western world.

There are a number of causes that account for this occurrence, namely:

  • Cortisol Cravings

These cravings are extremely difficult to control, as they are induced by our ‘stress hormone’, commonly known as cortisol. While cortisol has lots of benefits, excess levels of it also induce stress on the body, and when we’re stressed – We eat! This elevated stress creates a need for sweet and salty foods (some call these ‘comfort foods’).

  • Social Eating

Similarly, when people are under stress (angry or sad) they tend to resort to a common theme – Entertainment. Unfortunately, most entertainment involves eating at a nice restaurant, going to a movie (mmm popcorn!), or going to the local ice cream/fast food joint.

  • Old Habits Die Hard

This refers to habits acquired in our young years. We spend our lives training ourselves to react to certain situations at young ages – some people when they’re emotional will grab a cookie; the nice taste takes our minds off present issues and relax. Beware! These habits are particularly difficult to break.

Solution

Well, it may be difficult to control emotional eating, but understanding your emotions can be done with time. Keep an eye on your emotional triggers, understand what ‘sets you off’ and be proactive and you should be well on your way to controlling the Horrors of Emotional Eating!

Take care, and eat well!

- T.A.B

When do I stop growing?

This post is in response to a question asked on Y! Answers here.

Okay – this question has a lot to do with puberty in males and females, as the age at which you stop growing (in both genders!) directly correlates to where you are in your puberty.

The Basics

Puberty in females begins at around 13 years old, and 13-14 years old for males (fun fact: puberty used to begin at 15 years for girls, and 16 years for boys – hormones in foods are having an effect!). During this time, more specifically the first half of puberty, your growth will accelerate until you have achieved your adult body.

Okay… So When Do I Stop Growing?

Well, this can vary from individual from individual, but typically for boys it is 18 years old, and for girls it is closer to 16-17 years old. As stated before, this can vary. A resource covering average heights for males and females can be found here.

Why Do I Stop Growing?

A great resource answering this question can be found here. As usual, we like to break things down and make them easier to understand, so keep reading! You stop growing for a number of reasons:

  1. Genetics - we’re genetically programmed to stop growing at a certain age/size
  2. Hormones - high concentration of estrogen in both males and females (achieved roughly halfway through the puberty cycle) causes growth plates to fuse!

So there you have it, everything you can hope to know on the subject. If you’re interested in trying to predict your future height, try this Online Height Calculator.

Until next time!

- T.A.B