Free Preview - Chapter 1 - Basics of Dieting - Taking Calories In

The 1,800 calories that a typical person at rest needs per day is just not that many. For example, if you go to your local McDonald's and order an Extra Value meal, you will get a burger, a large order of french fries and a large Coke. This meal contains:

  • 710 calories in the burger*
  • 540 calories in the french fries*
  • 310 calories in the drink*

( * See McDonald's Nutrition Facts @ for details. )

A meal at McDonald's can add up to almost a whole day's worth of calories.

In other words, just this one meal provides 1,560 calories you need during a day. If you get a McFlurry with it for dessert, you'll get 630 more calories, so you are already consuming almost 2,200 calories just at this one meal!

Similarly, if you go to Pizza Hut and get a Super Supreme pizza, each slice contains 360 calories.* If you eat three slices and get a large drink to go with it, that's 1,390 calories - just 410 calories shy of a full day's worth of calories. ( * See the Pizza Hut Nutrition Guide for details. )

Similarly, if you eat 12 Creme Cookies - which, if you think about it, really is not that hard to do - you've taken in 660 calories. That's more than one-third of the daily caloric intake.

The point here is not to slam these products or make them look bad but to show that, in most developed countries, it is incredibly easy to find and consume calories. Let's take a look at what someone might consume in a typical day.

*FREE PREVIEW* Chapter 1 - Basics of Dieting
Your Body's Efficiency
Taking Calories In
Sample Menu
The Idea Behind Dieting
Why Diets Tend Not to Work
Building a Sustainable Diet
Cutting Calories
Fitting in Exercise
Weight Loss Myths
Chapter 2 - Understanding Calorie
What is a Calorie?
What Calories Do
Basal Metabolic Rate
Your Caloric Needs
Calories, Fat and Exercise
Chapter 3 - Food
I'm Starving...
Chapter 4 - Fat & Fat Cells
What is Fat?
Saturated vs. Unsaturated
Fat and Health
Essential Fatty Acids
So What Should I Eat?
Fat Cells
Where's the Fat?
How Fat Enters Your Body
How Fat is Stored in Your Body
Hormones That Act Opposite to Insulin
How Your Body Breaks Down Fat
Brown Fat: Making Heat
Losing Weight and Losing Fat
Chapter 5 - The Atkins Diet
What is Low-Carbohydrate Dieting?
The Four Phases of Atkins
The Foods You Can Eat
How Atkins Causes Weight Loss
Benefits and Drawbacks
The Experts Weigh In
Glossary of Atkins Terms

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