If you’ve read my DNAFit Diet Pro report, I mentioned somewhere in that post that I found it’s tricky to consume a maximum of 10% of my daily calories through refined carbs. I said that because I don’t really count my calories.
Well, since some of the nutritional guides based on my DNAFit Diet Pro report are based on certain percentages of my daily calories then I thought why not I give this a try.
I found an accurate calculation of calories/day for basal metabolic rate or BMR.
Basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy expressed in calories that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest.
My understanding of this is BMR indicates the minimum amount of energy needed to keep the body functioning at rest. Obviously, this doesn’t include when the person is exercising.
The accurate formula for calculating BMR is the Mifflin-St Jeor Equation (calories/day):
Male: 9.99 x weight + 6.25 x height – 4.92 x age + 5
Female: 9.99 x weight + 6.25 x height – 4.92 x age – 161
weight in kilograms, height in centimeters, age in years
Let’s work out my own BMR.
My current weight (at the time of writing this post): 64kg. My height is 149cm. My current age is 35yrs old.
My BMR is 1,237.41 calories/day.
That number doesn’t seem a lot does it. I’m also surprised considering I thought my BMR would be close to or more than 1500 calories/day.
Now that I’ve got my number and clarity of how much calories I need on my rest day, it’s safe to say that I can consume a maximum of 124 caloriesper day from refine carbs.
And so, let’s say that I want to eat tortilla wrap (which is mostly from plain flour and therefore refined carbohydrate) and depending on the brand and their calories, how many tortilla wraps that I can eat, considering the cap of 124 calories?
If you can see the nutritional content of this tortillas’ brand, it says each tortilla contains 118 calories. Using Maths to calculate, I can have 1 and 1/20 tortillas.
Let’s look at a different brand.
With this brand, per serving is 2 tortillas and contain 150 calories. I can have 1 and 13/20 tortillas.
It seems depressing that I only limit myself to less than 2 tortilla wraps per day.
I get it that this is just a guideline. And so, it’s not that all depressing for me anyway.
The maximum 124 calories from refined carbs is necessary for me to watch my weight and especially when I’m not active doing any sports. And if I desire to eat more tortilla wraps, then what I can do is exercise for an hour or two then I can have more if I wish.
I love tortillas!
And if any of you are interested in getting tortilla wraps, I remember seeing both brands at Supa Save. My favourite tortillas would be my own home made chicken tortillas using either one of the wraps.
Now, it’s easy to calculate how much refined carbohydrate to have if I have the info of the nutritional content of each food that I eat. Not so much when the info is missing or unavailable. When that is the case it’s either I avoid the food all together or I took a third or half of the served portion and when it comes to having buffet, I usually take one small scoop of the refined carbs.
I do enjoy having refined carbohydrates once in a while and especially when I have my cravings. Other than that I’m happy to indulge myself with my favourite fruits, oranges, pineapple and mangoes!
To enjoying more fruits,