There are may ways to lose weight. Common ways though are counting calories to lose weight.
So What Exactly are Calories?
Anything that contains energy has calories in it, even coal. Most people only associate calories with food and drink, but anything that contains energy has calories. For instance, one ton of coal contains the equivalent of 7,004,684,512 calories. The terms large calorie and small calorie can be confusing, and to add further confusion, are often mistakenly used interchangeably. This article focuses on calories associated with foods, drinks and human energy expenditure (our burning up of energy).
According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, a Calorie is “a unit of heat content or energy. The amount of heat necessary to raise 1 g of water from 14.5-15.5°C (small calorie). Calorie is being replaced by joule, the SI unit equal to 0.239 calorie.” The calories included in food labels are, in fact, kilocalories – units of 1,000 small calories. Therefore, a 250-calorie chocolate bar is actually 250,000 calories.
Myths About Calories
There are many ridiculous myths in nutrition. The “calorie myth” is one of the most pervasive… and most damaging. It is the idea that calories are the most important part of the diet, that the sources of those calories don’t matter.
“A calorie is a calorie IS a calorie,” they say… that it doesn’t matter whether you eat a 100 calories of candy or broccoli, they will have the same effect on your weight.
It is true that all “calories” have the same amount of energy. One dietary Calorie contains 4184 Joules of energy. In that respect, a calorie IS a calorie. But when it comes to your body, things are not that simple. The human body is a highly complex biochemical system with elaborate processes that regulate energy balance.
Different foods go through different biochemical pathways, some of which are inefficient and cause energy (calories) to be lost as heat (1). Even more important is the fact that different foods and macronutrients have a major effect on the hormones and brain centers that control hunger and eating behavior. The foods we eat can have a huge impact on the biological processes that govern when, what and how much we eat.
Zero Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down
Top 20 Zero Calorie Power Foods
6. Cucumber – Total calories per 100g serving: 16