I've noticed that a lot of health conscious DP forumers here are watching their calories. For instance, in the food section there is a thread about diet soda pop.
And there seems to be this ridiculous meme in our culture that says more calories = unhealthy and less calories = healthy.
However it is obvious that not getting enough calories is just as bad as eating too many calories.
But, the big question is, how do you know how many calories you actually need to consume for optimal health?
I thought this might be a neat little helpful online tool to help figure out part of that equation.
Calories Burned by Exercise, Walking, Etc. (CalorieLab)
For example: I enter my weight, 190lbs. And click on the occupation. Then I scroll down to my occupation. (Masonry, cement).
It figures that a cement mason weighing in at 190 pounds burns 519 calories per hour. So in an average 8 hour work day it figures that I will burn 4152 calories. That seems a little bit low but pretty close.
But if I was a sitting office worker it figures 43 calories/hour. That's a mere 344 calories burned in an 8 hour shift.