What are Calories | Living Healthy for Beginners


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In the beginning of your journey to a healthy life you now probably notice things more that previously seemed unimportant. You may think to yourself why do we need the nutrition facts label and what are calories? To progress to a healthier lifestyle there are some foundational terminology and definitions that you should know.

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What are Calories | Living Healthy for Beginners

  1. 1. So… Really… What are Calories
  2. 2. Scientific Definition Calorie - the quantity of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1kg (kilogram) of water from 0 to 1⁰C.
  3. 3. Are You Confused? So was I after reading the scientific definition of the calorie… How does that definition relate to my body when I eat food?
  4. 4. History of Calorie Well… It all began with Wilbur Olin Atwater. He made ground breaking research in human nutrition.
  5. 5. So what does Olin have to do with the Calorie?
  6. 6. The United States began using the Calorie only after Atwater’s use of it in his work in 1887. The most interesting part is that the only reason Atwater adopted the term “Calorie” is because it was the ONLY energy unit in the English dictionary.
  7. 7. Current Units of Energy  Joule  kilocalorie  calorie (the “c” is lower case and is used pertaining to chemistry and physics)
  8. 8. What is even more interesting is that the Calorie seen on the American nutrition facts label is actually measured in kilocalories even though the label plainly states Calorie (1 kilocalorie = 1,000 Calories).
  9. 9. Nutritional Definition of the Calorie The chemical energy stored in foods. Basically the Calorie represents the energy used by the cells of your body to allow it to function. When this energy is used heat is released thus the connection to our initial definition of the Calorie.
  10. 10. 3 sources of Calories 1 g Carbohydrates = 4 Calories 1 g Protein = 4 Calories 1 g Fat = 9 Calories
  11. 11. How are calories related to weight 1 Pound (lb) = 3,500 Calories In Weight Every extra 3,500 Calories stored in your body will cause you to gain one pound. In Weight Retrospectively if you lose 3,500 Calories you will lose one pound.
  12. 12. And what about Empty Calories… are calories but DEF: Empty Caloriesnutritional value.this type of calorie has no Examples Cakes Pastries Candies Sodas Energy Drinks Ice Cream And Many More
  13. 13. Take Home Message Calories are your friend so do run from them embrace them. They are the reason we live. When people go on very restrictive diets they are going completely against the natural way of life. Calories are a source of energy for our body! Love your calories but do not abuse them by having to many of them.
  14. 14. For the Full Article Click here: Living Healthy for Beginners | What are Calories
  15. 15. Further Reading • • • • The Minimalist Guide to Healthy Eating | Nutrition Facts Label Top 10 Tips to Lose Weight | Weight Loss Help Burrito Recipe- Heart Healthy Recipe Simple. Live Healthy Services http://www.simplelivehealthy.com/