Calories

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Our bodies require energy to do what we need it to. You even need energy to sleep. That energy comes from calories, which we get from the foods we eat. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about calories in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Calories are the fuel you need to work and play. You even need calories to rest and sleep. Foods and beverages vary in how many calories and nutrients they contain. Its important to get the right mixenough nutrients, but not too many calories.

Food provides our bodies with energy or calories, a way to measure energy. An apple, for example, has 95 calories. The more we do, the more calories we need.

If you eat more calories than your body needs, the extra calories will be stored as fat. Too much body fat can lead to health problems.

Theres no magic number of calories thats perfect for everyone. The important thing to remember is that the energy, or calories, that you consume should equal the energy that you spend in physical activity. If you choose to eat calorie rich foods at lunch one day, make sure you take a walk later in the day or spend that energy in some physical activity.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.