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What is a calorie and why is it important?

A calorie is a measured unit of energy. One calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

3,500 calories= 1 pound of fat

The recommended number of calories in a daily diet is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men, but depending on weight, height and activeness calories needed vary.

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Eat all regular meals including breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day because it jump starts metabolism. Keeping an elevated metabolism in return contributes to burning fat.

Eating three meals and two snacks daily helps sustain metabolism levels.

Warning: Try not to get too hung up on just counting calories. Plenty of foods show low in calorie but have questionable nutritional value.

Reasons to eat a Banana a day:

-They give an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
-Two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
-They help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions such as anemia, high blood pressure, stroke, constipation, depression, heartburn, morning sickness, PMS, ulcers, smoking, seasonal affective disorder and stress.
-They help to power brain activity and make students more alert.
-The fruit helps in cases of mosquito bites and warts.

Check out uncommon foods and their benefits:

-Pomegranates help prevent prostate cancer.
-Mangoes, plentiful in antioxidants, enhance eye health.
-Ginger effectively treats nausea.
-Vegetables such as alfalfa and bell peppers aid in the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, which are essential to human health.
-Sardines, known for their antioxidants, supply energy to the body.

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