Registered Dietitian Amy Julicher responds:
If a person consumes 100 calories in excess of what their body will need or utilize, those calories will be stored in the body. In this scenario, the food source of the calories is not the issue. Consuming more calories than you need, regardless of where those calories come from, will result in weight gain.
Predicting where weight will show up depends on the individual and may vary with age, eating habits and the type and frequency of physical activity. Typically, men tend to gain weight in their abdominal section whereas women tend to gain weight in their hips and thighs. This varies across individuals as well.
The amount of calories needed per day is based on a person's height, weight, physical activity level, presence of certain disease states, and whether or not a person is trying to gain, lose, or maintain their current body weight. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to choosing an appropriate calorie level.
The best way to determine if your caloric and nutrient needs are being met is to speak with a Registered Dietitian. A Registered Dietitian can calculate your needs and develop a meal plan to help you meet your nutritional goals.
– Amy Julicher, RD
Amy Julicher graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and became a Registered Dietitian shortly after. She has worked as a staff dietitian at Sisters Hospital and as a Clinical Nutrition Manager at Mercy Hospital. She currently holds the position of Clinical Nutrition Manager at Sisters Hospital. She is married with two children and lives in Buffalo.
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