I’m somewhat thin, mainly because I’ve a very high metabolism, I never have to worry about what I eat, unlike some of my friends that would gain weight easily. It would appear that I eat a lot, but somehow manage to stay the same all these years, and I think there might be a good reason as to why I’m this way, but I’ve never given much thought. Most of the foods that I’ve been eating have very low calories content, mainly a lot of fruits and vegetables, and Tum Mak Houng (papaya salad, which is considered a negative food diet) is one of my favorites that I would eat almost everyday. Another thing that most of my friends seem to overlook is that I like to walk, and walking is a great way to burn your calories. Most American foods have high calories content, and if I have to eat like most of my American friends, I think I’d easily gain weight.
I came across an article in Kullastree, written in Thai language that gives a good guideline as to how many calories your body really needs, and it varies from person to person.
BMR, or basal metabolic rate, which is the calories that you body need, for supporting the ongoing metabolic work on a daily basis. If you want to know how much calories your body need, it’s very simple, there’s a simple calculation that you can do. If you are one that don’t exercise at all, or what some would call sedentary people, then take 13 multiplies by you weight, assuming you weight 120 lbs, then take 120×13=1,560, you shouldn’t consume more than 1,560 calories per day. If you are moderately active, which you might exercise 2-3 times a week, then take14 multiplies by your weight, and if you are active, then take 15 multiplies by your weight.
Now you know how many calories your body need, lastly you shouldn’t eat late at night because your body isn’t active enough to burn these calories, therefore can easily store as fat, also try to avoid sweet desert, or sweet fruits that have high calories content.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s easier said than done…if you don’t try, how would you know?