Living in the Balance

By: Carl Juneau

What is a caloric balance? The caloric balance is balancing your eating and your physical expending of the energy you intake from consuming food.
Your Intake
As human beings, we consume food to produce energy. The amount of energy supplied by a given food is usually measured in calories (Cal). For example, a medium size apple contains 72 calories, a glass (250 mL) of 2% fat milk, 128, an egg (50 g), 78, and McDonald's Big Mac, 5632.
The sum of all the food you eat in a day (your intake for that day) is called the daily caloric intake (DCI). That is, the more food you eat in a day, the higher your daily caloric intake is, and vice versa. The average daily intake, in the US, was 2,618 calories for men and 1,877 calories for women in the year 1999-2000.
Your OUT The human body spends the energy drawn from food in basically two ways: to fuel the metabolism at rest and for physical activity.
Resting metabolic rate
The resting metabolic rate refers to the energy your body spends when you're not doing anything that requires any physical effort, such as sitting or sleeping. It just uses enough energy to keep your body's vital functions alive. That includes
tissue regeneration, regulation of the body's temperature, breathing, blood
circulation and filtering, and hormonal and nervous activity. These functions
are carried out by your liver, brain, heart, kidneys and muscles; these organs
and tissues work all the time, even when you're not. Thus, when you're not doing anything , your body still is, and that takes energy. Actually, since you rest for about a third of the day, you spend more energy on resting than anything else.
Physical activity
Obviously you spend energy whenever you move. From your bed to the shower in the morning, from home to work or school, and any other activity. Even when you're sitting or standing, your muscles expend energy so you can keep yourself up. The amount of energy you spend that way in a day will depend on what you do: some people don't need to do much physical activity like the office worker who
travels by car and some do a lot more physically demanding labor i.e. a manual worker, or someone
who walks or bikes a lot.
Sport and physical exercise also increase the amount of energy spent that way by a good margin. For example, a 121 pounds individual would spend roughly 75 calories per hour when sitting, 200 when shopping and about 450 when walking at a fast pace. Ultimately, physical activity can account for between 20 (complete sedentary lifestyle) and 50 % (athlete) of your daily caloric expense. The bottom line is: the more physically active you are, the more physical activity counts toward and increases your daily caloric expense.
Interestingly, exercise affects your OUT in two ways: first, it raises your daily expenditure the days you train. Second, in the long run and as you slowly build muscle, it increases your resting metabolic rate. The fact is that a pound of muscle is a lot more "active", from a metabolic standpoint, than a pound of fat.
Muscle contracts when you move, as it is put to work when you exercise and
constantly rebuilds itself to keep at maximum ability for your daily movements. As we have seen, energy output can also be calculated in calories. Your daily caloric expense (DCE) is the sum of the energy required by your metabolism at rest in a day, plus the energy used to do other physical activity.

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