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Top 11 Nigerian Food That Can Be Killing You With Calories

The clamor for weight loss among men and women is on the rise, because it is not fashionable to gain weight lately. Most importantly because of health reasons and implication of calories we consume on the daily basis. With Onitsha indigenes endlessly involved in events week in week out (burials, chieftaincy titles, weddings , birthdays and others) there is a need to look deeper into the foods we regularly consume and how it affects our health in the long run. Inspite of the current keep fit trend, even some health and lifestyle conscious people equally fall victim of bad eating without knowing this. Let us look at some key factors to understand.

What is calorie?
A calorie is a particular unit of energy that we use to measure energy content in our food and beverage.
People that want to lose weight are advise to eat less calories that their body will burn each day. If a food was giving to you and the person said it contain 150 calories what the person is telling you is that your body could get energy that is up to 150 from taking that food. calories is good for our body because our body needs energy to keep us going.
However eating too much calories without any active body exercise will leads to excess fat in the body.

HOW MANY CALORIES SHOULD I EAT DAILY TO KEEP FIT
Here is a brief explanation on numbers of calories you should eat per day in other to keep fit. It has been discovered in a recent research that a woman will need to eat approximately 2000 calories per day and to burn one pound a week she will need 1500 calories daily. same also applicable to man he will need 2500 calories to keep going and to burn a pound in a week 2000 calories a will be okay.
We have take our time to list out some Nigerian foods that has high calories in them but a lot of people were not aware of it.
Lose your weight by eating this foods-no need for exercise

SEMOVITA
Semovita is among the numerous swallows we have in Nigeria in fact most people preferred it among the rest due to its closeness to pounded yam. but what people did not understand is that especially for those who are planning to loose weight it contain high calories for instance, A cup of semovita is said to contain almost 600 calories alongside vegetable soup of your choice which will comes with its own calories due to our excess use of palmoil.
I will advise you to write off semovita from your meals if you are planning to shed some pounds in a couples of weeks.

WHEAT FLOUR
A cup of wheat flour contain approximately 400 calories

EBA/GARRI
Garri that will be make into eba or drink by a grow up man is said to contain almost 360 calories

POUNDED YAM
It contain higest calories ever a cup of milk tin is around 400 calories now assuming you take like 2 tin milk that will be around 800 calories and i know a lot of people do take more that just 2 cups.

INSTANT NOODLES
It contain a lot of calories, a super pack is said to be around 600 calories not to talk of hungry man size and a lot of people do usually take more that one pack.

FRIED PLANTAIN
A slice of plantain contain 68 calories multiply it by number of sliced you put on your meal.

TUWO (WHITE CORN MEAL)
A cup of tuwo contains almost a whooping 450 calories

RICE
Don’t be surprised, it is roughly around 690 calories

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OKRA SOUP
Okra soup with some additional ingredient like fish and palmoil will be around 105 calories

EGUSI SOUP
Egusi soup if well prepared with some assorted meat and stock fish is said to be around 700 calories per plate. Assuming you take egusi with 3 wraps of pounded yam which is around 600 calories per cup for your breakfast without any tangible exercising of the body you should know the result by now.

JOLLOF RICE
We all love our party jollof. After adding all the ingredients, a plate of jollof rice calories is estimated to be around 800.

However we are not saying we stop eating all the above listed foods. The suggestion is that  you should understand your caloric consumption to know how to mix them together.

HERE IS A LIST OF SOME FOODS THAT HAVE LOW CALORIES

Beans
Ewedu
Vegetables
Fruits

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