8 Facts to Help You Better Understand Calories ...

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Are you wondering how to understand calories?

It’s a common question many of us ask especially if we are trying to diet or make some lifestyle changes.

If you are ready to learn how to understand calories then please keep reading.

I have 8 Facts to help you better understand calories.

1. What is a Calorie?

As a basic definition calories are a measure of energy.

Our bodies use calories as fuel to keep running.

So when we say a certain food has 200 calories per serving we are saying that this particular food will give us 200 calories of energy for our body to burn off.

Keep reading to learn more about how to understand calories.

2. Carbs

Carbs are one of our largest sources of calories.

Health experts suggest that nearly 50% of calories in a healthy adult diet should come from carbohydrates.2

The body can use carbs more easily than other sources of calories.

Our bodies break down carbs into glucose and use the glucose for energy.

Carbs include things like milk, yogurt, fruits, and grains.

3. Protein

Protein is another common source for calories.

Eating protein helps tissue repair and immune function.

This is why so many athletes and those a strict exercise routines use drink protein shakes before or after workouts.

Your body will use protein as an energy source when carbs are not available.

4. Fats

Fats are also a source for energy.

Fats are important for cell, nerve, and hormone production.2

Unfortunately fats are kind of tricky.

If they aren’t used quickly for energy they are stored in the body’s fat cells for later.

Regardless fats are still a very essential part of any healthy diet.

5. Calories Are Not Equal

In some ways all calories are the same.

Your body is going to use energy from a candy bar the same way as it will the energy from a salad or serving of grilled chicken.

However, your body also needs nutrients to function properly.

A salad or chicken has far more nutrients in it than a candy bar.

Your body can do more with it.

When thinking of fueling the body, also think of how your body will benefit from that fuel source.

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