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CALCULATING FOOD QUANTITIES

You should have a certain quantity of carbohydrate foods at each meal, and a certain quantity of protein foods with each carbohydrate serving. These figures are calculated from a daily calorie level that is determined by your bodyweight. From this calorie level Dreamshape Nutrition can calculate a percentage in grams, of daily carbohydrate and protein quantities, subtracting so many grams for common everyday foods, milk being the most common one: one pint, half a pint etc. We have not written down within this website the method for how we calculate the daily calories, but will explain if requested.

There may be times when you will want to calculate your own quantities of different foods, which are determined by the foods you have available at the time. If you are using, or have been used to using ounces in your cooking, you have probably noticed that many foods have their nutritional information written in amounts of carbohydrate, protein etc. per 100 grams. You can use the Dreamshape Nutrition method to calculate how many grams of carbohydrate, protein etc, are in one ounce of a chosen food.

Specific amounts of different foods are calculated with regard to your bodyweight and the type of lifestyle followed (work, leisure etc). This means that you can have more cheat days without undue setbacks. Rather than counting calories all the time, calories will only be used to calculate grams per day, of carbohydrates, for energy; protein, for muscle and body tissue repair, and unsaturated fat, for general health of the body, joints and using fat soluble vitamins.

Some diets advise people to measure out percentages of foods using a plate, i.e., 60 percent of a food equals two thirds of a plate. This method however is too random as different foods have different nutritional values e.g., boiled potatoes have 5 grams of carbohydrate per ounce but pasta has 20. We have found that a difference of as little as five percent in the amount of food eaten can make a difference between losing fat or not losing fat. This also applies to protein foods. When eating meals it is best to have 4-6 smaller meals per day instead of 3 large meals, as this keeps the body's digestive system working more efficiently, just like a car is more efficient if kept working rather than stopping and starting.

       
   

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