I noticed that a lot of people do NOT know how to treat their bodies right (trust me, I’m not perfect either). The most important thing to being healthy is eating right. Your body needs calories in order to run its normal functions and if you eat to little your body will go into starvation mode. What is starvation mode?? Well….When you regularly eat too little food to provide your body with the necessary nutrients, it perceives itself to be in danger from starvation. Since your body is wonderfully designed to protect you, it will slow down your metabolism to conserve energy so it can keep vital organs such as the brain and the heart going for as long as possible in the face of the perceived threat. While it will burn fat for fuel, it will also start burning lean muscle mass for fuel, which will slow down your metabolism even further. People on starvation diets invariably find that they regain all the weight they’ve lost (and then some) very quickly as soon as they start eating again. For woman, 1200 calories is the lowest amount you should ever eat in a day, and for men 1500 calories. This is very important if your goal is to be healthy. Now, If you are trying to lose weight it’s important to know what your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is ( http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/). In order to lose weight you need to eat less calories then your body burns in a day. (and remember NOT to eat less than 1200 for female or 1500 for male). You will start losing weight right away, and you don’t even have to WORK OUT!! If your goal is to gain weight then you need to eat more than your BMR. It takes a deficiency of 3500 calories to lose one pound, and it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound! Knowing this info will help you reach whatever healthy weight you are going for. Remember the most important thing is to be healthy. Our body is like a car…. the better care we take of it, the longer it will take care of us… and the better it will run/look. :) …. you get what I mean. If you’re interested in tracking your calories, a wonderful site I use is www.myfitnesspal.com. You can find me under the username Britt2fitjrny. Feel Free to friend request me!