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Weight watchers often watch what they eat. Since unburned calories turn into fat, the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories that you consume. The recommended calorie intake varies for every person but the idea is to get as much nutrients as possible and to maintain an optimal energy level without excessive calorie intake.

The ideal calorie intake depends largely on the physical activities that a person engages in. Remember that food serves as the body's fuel. People who lead inactive lifestyles require lower calories than those who are athletic or lead active lifestyles.

If you want to lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than your body has been accustomed to. To lose 1 lb. in 7 days, you must lower your calorie intake by about 500 calories per day.

It should be easy to measure calorie intake since nutritional information is already available on the packaging and food labels of food sold in the stores. There is also information on the Internet, from books and magazines regarding the calorie content of most foods.

Generally, the body's metabolism rate lowers with age and to maintain your ideal weight, you must lower your daily calorie intake by 10% annually beginning the age of 25. Since this may be difficult to follow, the best way is still to increase your physical activity.

Original Authors: Doods Pangburn
Edit Update Authors: Ryan Norfolk
Updated On: 05/12/2006


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