Make Sense of Calories In and Calories Out and Know Your Daily Calorie Needs

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As the world of calories regains the spotlight with effective calorie-tracking apps, newly launched cookbooks, such as The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook and Skinny Taste, and upcoming revisions to the Nutrition Facts Label and Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s essential to know one's calorie needs and how to fill them with the healthiest foods possible. Everyone’s needs are different. Consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods in moderate amounts, and achieving energy balance with calories in and calories out, no matter what age, is the key to optimal health.

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“I like The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook because it’s not a fad diet book and no food groups are eliminated. It encourages us to really look at what we’re eating to making healthy lifestyle changes.”George L. Blackburn, MD, Harvard Medical School

Calories In and Calories Out and the Share Your Calories Nonprofit Project are thrilled to announce their partnerships with The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), formed in 2009, a CEO-led organization whose national, multiyear effort is designed to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity. In just five years, HWCF members have already removed 6.4 trillion calories from the marketplace, which represents a 78 calorie reduction per person, per day. HWCF promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance: calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools—through its Together Counts™ campaign which is used by 50 million students across the country.

The Together Counts™ Program assists schools and families nationwide gain free access to resources that help to build healthy environments and reduce childhood obesity. Results of a spring 2014 impact study show that students who engaged in the program's Energy Balance 101 curriculum experienced increased understanding of the balance between food intake and physical activity.

The Introduction to The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook, by Professor Malden Nesheim, MS PhD, of Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, explains what calories are, how they work, and it offers a formula for determining daily calorie needs. The book showcases 200 recipes, most in the 200-calorie range, made with delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients. An extensive Appendix covers the nutritional values for almost 1,000 popular foods, along with diabetic information. Frequently Asked Questions answer why men lose weight faster than women, why some people gain weight with exercise, and why not all calories are created equal.

Appearing on WNPR Food Schmooze, the authors, Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo, MS, RDN, discussed calorie awareness, highlighted four recipes (WNPR’s site includes a recipe for Lemony Lamb Chops), and what it takes the burn off those calories. Listen and find out how muscle mass eats calories. HellaWella.com interviewed the authors, revealing both practice what they preach, they cook from the book all the time, and Catherine shares kitchen wisdom, 10 essential cooking ingredients, favorite recipes, and the personal inspiration behind book, plus tons more behind-the-scenes information and recipes.

CATHERINE JONES, a graduate of Connecticut College and La Varenne Culinary School, is the award-winning author or co-author of numerous cookbooks including Eating for Pregnancy, and, with Elaine Trujillo, Eating for Lower Cholesterol. She is a frequent blogger, freelance journalist, and does media appearances. She is the co-founder of the Share Your Calories Nonprofit Program, under the TruBios Foundation. ELAINE TRUJILLO, MS, RDN, is a nutritionist who has years of experience promoting nutrition and health and has written numerous scientific journal articles, chapters and textbooks.

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