How can I achieve a “perfect” body?

How can I achieve a “perfect” body?

A The current cultural ideal of an ultratoned, ultrafit body is impossible for most people to achieve.

A reasonable goal for body weight and body shape must take into account your heredity, weight history, social circumstances, metabolic rate, and psychological well-being. Don’t set goals based on movie stars or fashion models. Modern photographic techniques can make people look much different on film or in magazines than they do in person. Many of these people are also genetically endowed with body shapes that are impossible for most of us to emulate. The best approach is to work with what you’ve got. Adopting a wellness lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet will naturally result in the best possible body shape for you. Obsessively trying to achieve unreasonable goals can lead to problems such as eating disorders, overtraining, and injuries.

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Calculating Daily Energy Needs

Part I Estimating Current Energy Intake from a Food Record

If your weight is stable, your current daily energy intake is the number of calories you need to consume to maintain your weight at your current activity level. For women, average calorie requirements are 1600 to 2400 calories per day; for men, 2000 to 3000. The low end of the range is for sedentary individuals, the high end for active individuals. In addition, caloric needs tend to decrease with age.

If you completed Lab 8.2, you should have a record of your current energy intake; if you didn’t complete the lab, keep a careful and complete record of everything you eat for one day, and then total the calories in all the foods and beverages you consumed. Record your total energy intake below:

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