Calorie Efficiency

My apologies to all those that I offended yesterday, hopefully, a small cohort. I was actually attempting to write about calories efficiency so here goes. The human body needs fuel to meet its energy requirement. We know by now that the amount is your Basal Metabolic plus about twenty percent. For me, this translates to about 1400 kcal. Also, given my workouts, I can add at best about 200-300 kcal of food. Therefore, if I consume more than 1700 kcal per day, I am in excess and eating what I don’t need. Most of us do this regularly. Efficiency requires you only to consume what your body needs.

Next, you have a wide variety of choices when it comes to what you eat. You can fill your stomach with deep fried pasta with lots of sodium, or you could eat steamed cabbage. You could eat more protein and high quality fat or processed carbohydrates. These are choices that we are making three to five times a day, every day. You could also get your calories from a filet mignon cooked by a three-star Michelin chef or have your husband make it for you. The choices you make impacts the entire food industry and in turn the pressure on land and other natural resources.

It is not my argument that you must forsake all pleasure or even fine wine. However, if our choices are impacting not just the lives of others but also your health, surely we must sit up and take notice. The mass availability of ready to eat food for a significant number of us has resulted in perhaps the highest ever rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and death in the world today. That was not the intention when you made choices while filling your food basket. I have said what is to be my last word on this subject. I would respect the choices you make regardless.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.