Knowledge is Power!
Achieving and maintaining good health and wellness through diet requires specific knowledge about the foods you eat and where you fall on the body mass index scale. Nutritionists and dietitians advise us not to diet, but to permanently change what we eat during life. Below, we have provided some helpful calculators that will enable you to quickly find the information you need to better assess what you should eat, how much you should eat and how your body is responding to your food choices.
BMI - or Body Mass Index is a relationship between weight and height associated with body fat. A BMI over 25 kg/m2 is considered overweight and 30 or over is considered obese. Although these estimates are too simplistic (since muscle mass weighs more than fat, etc) many studies show that BMI's over 25 are associated with increased risk of chronic diseases. There is also a disease risk for individuals below ~18 kg/m2.
A calorie is the quantity of heat required to raise 1 gram of water by 1 from 14.5 at 1 atmosphere. A food calorie is 1000 calories. Calorie is also defined as the amount of heat contained in food and released upon oxidation by the body. The food calorie calculator will allow you to quickly determine how many calories are present in your favorite foods.
Knowing the amount of calories in foods is a challenge since different recipes have different amounts of macro- (fat, carbohydrate, protein) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals). The Food Nutrition Database Calorie Counter calculator provides detail nutrition information for a large variety of foods.
With our busy lifestyles, fast foods have become a frequent component in the diets of some of us. Did you know that there are 530 calories (!) in a 24 oz. Carmel Frappucino blended coffee? Knowing how many calories are in our favorite fast foods is the first step toward successful management of our weight and long-term health. Calculate your calorie intake at the common fast food restaurants with the Fast Food Calculator.
The amount of calories for each gender and various lifestyles can also be estimated. A calculator that takes account of body type (frame size) and activity level is on a dietitic- focused website.