Health benefit – Calories

Health benefit – Calories

Question: What is a calorie and why is it important to know how many calories there are in certain foods?

Answer: A calorie is actually a unit of heat energy. That’s right. We think of calories as just things that are in food and all foods have calories.

But your body sees calories as energy and it’s energy to produce heat. And heat energy is what really fuels our body just the same way that gasoline is what fuels your car’s energy.

Now all foods have calories and different foods have different amounts of calories. Calories are provided by fat, carbohydrate, and protein.    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fats have the highest concentration of calories. That’s nine calories per gram of pure fat.

Protein and carbohydrates each have four calories per gram of pure protein or pure carbohydrate. Alcohol, pure alcohol, has seven calories per gram.

So understanding the role of calories in your diet can help you balance your calories in with your calories out, and help you achieve weight management goals.

Now you can look at, find out the calories in foods by looking at the calorie label or the nutrition facts panel on packages of processed foods.

They will all have the number of calories per serving and the portion size per serving.

And using these tools, you can help yourself estimate how many calories you’re taking in per day and help you achieve your weight loss goals.                                exerpt Yahoo news

 

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It’s a delicate balance of making sure that what you burn isn’t outdone by what you take in.

It’s all about energy – energy in, energy out.

Lifestyle, age and genetics all play a part in determining our metabolic rate. A low metabolic rate helps the body to conserve energy supplies but unless those supplies are expended, weight gain may occur.

Whether your metabolic rate is slower due to genetics or age you may find it harder to control your weight in the long term.

The most effective strategy to increase your metabolic weight is a daily dose of moderate exercise – just enough to increase your heart rate and make you out of breath.

This won’t just burn up extra calories but can keep your metabolism revved up for some hours afterwards, as the muscles burn calories to repair themselves.

Your diet is an important aspect of a healthy exercise programme. It’s not simply about counting calories but also about making sure you have the right nutrients to support an exercise programme as well as a mental commitment to that routine.

Thermogenesis is the term used to describe the process of heat production in organisms – and supports calorie expenditure.

Most commonly it takes place during and immediately after exercise and also manifests itself as shivering where the body is actually maintaining its core temperature by burning additional calories.

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