More than anything, it’s important to live a healthy life. In order to do so, you’ll need to be careful about everything that concerns you: the places you go, the things you do, as well as your overall lifestyle. These things could either negatively or positively affect your health.
More importantly, you need to be conscious of the food you eat and what it does to your body. This will help you to know what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat and when not to eat, as well as how to eat and how not to eat, and how much to eat. For instance, it’s generally known that certain foods provide energy. However, it’s equally important to know how to maintain a good balance of energy so as to be healthy.
This missive looks at energy balance, why it’s good to maintain and tips to do do just that.
What is Energy Balance?
Ryan Andrew’s definition will be helpful in understanding what energy balance actually is. He defines energy balance as “the relationship between ‘energy in’ ( calories taken into the body via food and drink) and ‘energy out’ (calories being used in the body for our daily energy requirements). In simpler terms, when we eat food, we gain energy. This energy gained is used firstly by our body to perform its metabolic activities, and secondly, for physical activities we perform.
Energy balance is therefore the relationship between the energy gained through food intake and the energy expended both by metabolic and physical activities of the body. To have a good energy balance, the energy gained should be more than the energy expended, but not too much. If the energy supply to the body is much more than what is needed, it becomes a problem. The same applies for when the supply is much less than needed.
Why is it necessary to maintain good energy balance?
When the body is constantly supplied with more calories than it needs, the energy will be stored as fat. When the storage becomes too much of a burden, this could lead to being overweight or obese. On the other hand, if the supply of energy is less than the body needs to perform its basic activities, fatigue and a general inability to do work could set in.
However, if the energy balance is maintained, the above conditions will be avoided. Below are some useful tips to maintaining energy balance:
- Eat Smart
Certain kinds of food provide more calories than others. A typical example is carbohydrates or sugary food – particularly refined ones. Consuming more of such foods means that you’ll be supplying the body with excess calories – more than it could ever use up in when engaging in certain activities. So, to maintain a good energy balance, consume less calorie-laden food.
You certainly need the energy that carbohydrates provide, but it’s smarter and healthier not to depend on carbs alone. Food that contains other nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals should also be duly consumed.
- Engage in Physical Exercise
Amongst other benefits, physical exercise helps in checking weight gain. As pointed out earlier, when your body has more energy supply than it needs, weight gain is likely to take hold. Physical activity is a viable way to burn calories that would have been stored as fat.
Sometimes, people become indifferent, because their own idea of physical exercise is visiting a gym. So, they will either tell you that they don’t have the time or energy. The truth is that there are easy ways to engage in physical exercise without having to spend much time doing so. This could be cycling or regularly strolling around the neighbourhood. Physical exercise not only helps in maintaining energy balance, but also aids digestion, and nourishes the skin.
- Take Helpful Medical Substances
The two tips above are ideal for maintaining good energy balance. However, they might not work well in all situations; e.g. for ageing and physically challenged individuals. ‘Eating smart’ might also not work well for people with eating disorders.
Fortunately, medical experts have been able to introduce some medical products to help out in such situations. For instance, a product like Alkalizing Green boosts energy and regulation, improves skin health, digestion, and more. However, care should be taken when consuming any of these products. In fact, expert advice is necessary before choosing any of them.
The human body is a delicate system that operates on the principle of moderation. It seems to accept deficit or excess of anything. With the above tips, you will neither supply the body with excessive energy, nor with deficit.