What you need to know about calories

Healthy Eating

The meaning of life is not in calories, but in their number! This statement is true for all people trying to lose weight. But what do you need to know about calories and is the information reliable? We already doubt everything that we considered dogma, since there have already been so many revelations and disappointments. Maybe calorie counting isn't the way to keep your weight under control?


  1. What is the calorie content of products
  2. “Easy” and “hard” calories
  3. Such a different amount for quality life

What is the calorie content of products

A calorie is a unit of energy released by a food or substance when it is burned in the laboratory. But the human stomach bears little resemblance to an oven! And he does not burn food, but digests it, you see, this is a completely different process and its result is also different.

The main mistake of nutritionists is to equalize the calories of natural healthy foods and the calories obtained from fast food. The theory that 1 calorie of fat equates to 1 calorie of plant foods is not reliable (practically the same if a kilogram of nails were compared with kilograms of cotton wool & # 8212; the weight is the same, but the properties are different!). This would be true from a chemistry and physics standpoint, but not from a biochemical standpoint.

«Light» vs «hard» calories

In a living organism, all processes are more complicated, the energy contained in different products goes to different needs, at different speeds and is used in a different way. Sugar from ready-made eclairs and sodas is taken much faster, the body does not spend energy on the process of its transformation, it is almost ready for absorption. And if you are not currently ready for intense physical activity, then it makes fat cells even more voluminous.

What you need to know about calories

Energy derived from healthy foods is not easily digested. To break down and get energy from protein, you need to spend about 200 kcal per day. But not all proteins behave in the same way in a living organism; the amount of energy contained in them depends on the amino acid composition. For example, the amino acid tryptophan does not release energy at all.

The structure of matter matters. Vegetable oil is about 20-30% different from the animal in its energy intensity. It is necessary to take into account the method of preparation of products, the place of fishing and livestock breeding. Even food produced at the same enterprise can have different energy values. Therefore, the calorie content of the product indicated on the package is rarely true.

Such a different quantity for the quality of life

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