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The Right Count

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Quick Quiz To Know Yourself

Do you obsessively count each calorie that you consume? Take this quiz to know if it’s doing you more harm than good, says Pranika Sharma

1.            Are you on a calorie-restricted diet?

                a) Diet? Pfft! I don’t believe in diets.

                b) Yes, I have been on a strict diet for the past two months. (It’s getting to me...)

2.            Do you know how many calories you eat a day?

                a) No! I believe in indulging my taste buds. I give them whatever they crave.

                b) Yes! I make sure to consume only a certain amount of calories each day.

3.            Do you know how many calories your body actually needs?

                a) No, I just eat to my heart’s content.

                b) Yes. Based on my workout routine, I consume a specific number of calories each day.

4.            Have you been overlooking certain food groups to keep your calorie count in check?

                a) I don’t know how to distinguish food into groups. Food is food!

                b) Yes, I consume only proteins and fats and avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

5.            Do you consciously or unconsciously check packaged food labels for the number of calories they contain?

                a) I’m too excited to eat it, so I just look to see whether it’s edible.

                b) I scan the nutritional facts at the back of all foods before I buy them.

Mostly As The logic behind counting calories is simple: consume as many calories as your body requires. You seem to be consuming calories without thinking what effect this might have on your body. Ignorance is bliss, but not always! If you are consuming more calories than your body can burn, you will end up gaining weight. It sounds like you need to start counting the calories you eat, broadly at least, if not accounting for each thousandth of a calorie you consume.

Mostly Bs You seem to have gone a step further than necessary. While it is good to know if you’re eating too many calories, extreme caution can be harmful. Monitoring your calories up to a certain point can be healthy, but it doesn’t mean that you have to analyse every food you eat, down to the last raisin. All you have to do is ensure that you are eating a balanced diet, so count the number of calories in your meals and consume them in the right amounts. But, ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients that your body needs. If you’re not getting the nourishment you need, your body can become weak and susceptible to illness.

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