Lifestyle Resources

The key to a healthy weight is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Let us guide you by offering some of our favorite resources, available to anyone with access to the internet.

Understanding your calorie budget

Simply put, calories are a measure of energy. Just as we measure miles per gallon for fuel energy or kilowatt hours for electrical energy, a calorie is how we measure the amount of energy needed to supply the basic functions in our body. 

Everything we do from thinking, moving, blinking, chewing, jumping, eating, running, or just lying still we are constantly burning energy. That energy arrives in our body solely through what we put in our mouth by eating or drinking. 

The amount of energy needed to keep our body functioning fluctuates drastically based on our sex, age and activity level.  

If you get more calories than your body needs to function, they will be stored as body fat. If you intake less calories than your body requires, your body fat will be used as energy to maintain your essential bodily functions.

Basal Metabolic Rate calculator

Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is an estimate of how many calories you need to consume to keep your current body weight. Please speak with a medical provider before you adjust your daily calorie intake.

Calculate your BMR below:

 

Tracking your calories

Once you have established your caloric goals with a medical provider, it is important to be mindful of you daily caloric intake and keep it near your goal. Research has shown that most types of diet plans can be successful when the appropriate amount of calories are consumed. There are a wealth of resources online that can help you with this. At PPG – Weight Management & Bariatric surgery, there are a few we frequently use but do not require. Take your time to research your options and consult with your physician about the plan that is right for you.

Calorie tracking and food journal options:

  • Eatthismuch.com
    • Calorie counter and meal planner with grocery lists and several diet options to accommodate your personalized plan.
    • *Paid and free subscriptions are available.
  • MyFitnessPal.com
    • Calorie tracker and food journal with a reliable and expansive food and restaurant database.
    • *Paid and free subscriptions are available.
  • Skinnytaste.com
    • Healthy recipes and meal planning options for the entire family.