Daily Calorie, Protein, Fat & Carb Intake and Sources
Daily Calorie Intake
Setting up your entire diet plan correctly is an absolute requirement for reaching your goals, whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or improve any aspect of your body or health.
Above everything else in your diet plan, your daily calorie intake is by far the most important part of it. As you will see, protein, fat and carbs definitely matter as well, but nothing influences your ability to lose weight, gain weight, build muscle or do anything similar as much as calories do.
This is because everything we eat and drink (besides obvious calorie-free items like water) contains calories, and everything we do (exercise, getting dressed, breathing, digesting food, etc.) burns calories. The difference between how many calories we consume and how many calories we burn is the most important factor in every diet plan. Heres why
Daily Calorie Maintenance Level
How to use calories to control your weight.
The way the human body works is pretty simple. There is a certain number of calories that your body requires every day in order for it to maintain your current weight. We call this your daily calorie maintenance level. Its the amount of calories your body requires each day in order to do EVERYTHING it needs to do.
Now, if your diet plan is made up of more, less or the same amount of calories as your maintenance level, 1 of 3 things will always happen
If you eat MORE calories than your maintenance level, you will gain weight. This is a requirement for building muscle.
If you eat LESS calories than your maintenance level, you will lose weight. This is a requirement for losing fat.
If you eat the SAME amount of calories as your maintenance level, your weight will stay the same. This is a requirement for maintaining your current weight.
And these are really the most important things you need to know about your daily calorie intake and just creating a proper diet plan in general. These 3 simple facts are what most of the population fail to learn, understand, or just pay attention to, and its the #1 reason why their body isnt doing what they want it to do.