Calories…A Love/Hate Relationship

Food for thought….

Hey Everyone!! It has been awhile, I have been super busy, no excuses! Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day and also, Happy Spring (my FAV season!)  Now on to an important topic…Calories!

More than half of American’s are overweight, we all know this. Consumption of unhealthy food is out of control, along with portion sizes.  A word that you hear at least twice a day if not 100 times a day is…Calories! The science behind weight loss is fairly easy…Calories in, calories out.  We count them, subtract them, add them, burn them, and obsess over them.  But do we really know what a calorie is. There are millions of diets out there.  The bottom line, they are all limiting calorie consumption.

A calorie is a unit of measurement.  No, it is not a measurement of weight or length, it’s a unit of energy.  If you eat a bowl of cereal that has 250 calories, it is describing how much energy your body could potentially get from eating it.   We need calories, however, when we eat too much and burn too little…we gain weight.

Calories are composed of 3 Macro-nutrients; Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates. Our bodies receive 4 calories per gram of Protein, 4 calories per gram of Carbohydrates, and 9 calories per gram of Fat. Turn that food label around and check it out! Go on…if you know how many grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein are in your food, you can calculate the calories.  Do the math.

Check out the article from NY TIMES that has an upfront opinion on Calories!

Jane Brody on Calories – NYTimes.com.