Weight Loss: The Truth About Calories and Their Affect
For a long time now, calories have been the ‘it’ word when it comes to discussing weight loss, and is often bandied about there and there throughout related resources. Many people however don’t fully understand what calories are, and this leads to a lot of further problems and misunderstandings.
At the end of the day, calories are simply this: A measure of energy. More importantly however, they are a measurement of units of energy that are gained by your body consuming various types of food.
So when someone says that a certain dish contains 120 calories, what they’re really saying is that that dish, when consumed, can provide 120 units of a certain measure of energy.
Mind you, the quantity or exact amount of that energy isn’t the important thing, and so you don’t need to get any more in depth into the science of calories than that, but just knowing that it is a relative measure is more than enough.
Now that you do know that though, it is important to note that depending on the type of food, the calorie content may vary. Largely, this is because different components within the food carry a different ‘weight’ of calories per gram. For example, proteins and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, whereas alcohol contains 7 and fats contain 9.
Needless to say, this means that food with a lot of fat is going to provide you with more energy, which seems to be a good thing, but as you know, really isn’t.
To understand the relationship between calories and weight loss though, you need to realize one important thing: When the body can’t use up all the energy that it has gained through food, it doesn’t just get rid of it, but rather, your body will store that energy.
And energy is stored in the form of fat.
So due to this, every time you’re consuming too much energy for your body to handle, you’re going to be storing the excess in the form of fat. These energy reserves, as they are, end up accumulating, and before long, you’ve put on more weight than you want to.
It is also worth noting at this stage that some types of food, more specifically, some type of fats, are more likely to be stored than others. Trans fats, for example, are notoriously bad and end up being stored very easily.
Bottom line: Calories are a good tell tale sign to count whether or not you’re consuming more energy than your body needs, and thus storing it as fat. Also, calories can be used to help you cut down on the amount of energy you’re consuming, and hence storing.
Due to this relationship between energy and fat, you can easily see the numerous ways in which you could put this information to use. Once you do that, you should have no trouble sorting out a diet program that will help you to lose weight well!