Calories are life’s Hit Points (HP). You have a certain amount that can be spent and when you run out, you’re done for the day.
There is no static number an individual should consume per day of calories, your personal HP are not universally set. Our genetics are a role of the dice when it comes to our individual calorie needs. As we grow up our chosen daily activities and occupation (yep, your character class) also affect our caloric needs.
Contrary to popular belief, one pound does not equal 3,500 calories. We all wish it truly were as simple to lose weight to just consume or burn 3,500 less calories. Sadly, life’s campaign is not that easy.
This is because once again people are their own unique character. Age, sex, Character class, race, metabolic rate, armor requirements all affect your metabolic rate and how quickly or slowly you burn a calorie.
When you look at the calorie count in your food, you want to look at more than just the number. You honestly want as much bang for your buck when it comes to food. Foods, especially like vegetables where you get a lot of food for a small amount of calories are better than a single meal, which can wipe out your entire HP in one standing.
For example: a single package of Oreos is 2,200 calories. For that same amount of calories, someone could consume 1 pound of carrots, 1 pound of papaya, 1 pound of apples, 1 pound of onions, 1 pound of lettuce, 1 pound of kale, 1 pound of tofu, 1 pound of 2% cottage cheese, 2 pounds of cantaloupe, 2 pounds of celery and 2 pounds of cucumber.
Let’s say you’re looking at the calorie content of two kinds of ice cream to determine the healthier version. Now one might have more calories than the other, but you still want to look at the rest of the items on the nutrition label and go beyond just the calories. Once again…how much bang can you get for your buck. If one ice cream has 250 calories, much more sugar ( bad) and little fiber and another has 270 calories, less sugar more fiber and even has some vitamin D from the whole milk…than go for the one with the 270 calories. Yes you’re going to use up 20 more of your HP, but you will feel full longer (yeah fiber) and your putting less sugar (boo sugar) into your system. Don’t worry we will cover fiber and sugar later.
The easiest way to protect and conserve your hit points….by dropping the sodas and other beverages filled with sugar and empty ( or non-nutritious) calories. Sodas, and other high calorie drinks just zap your HP quicker than anything else and you don’t get anything back from it ( including hydration). Even worse sodas and sugars don’t just not drain your hp but they also give you negative points to strength and concentration. After all how often in your usual manual do you see a character holding a soda pop?