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A Dummies Guide To Calories . What are they?

Updated on May 30, 2012
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What Is A Calorie?

My wife and I, have both lost well over 20 pounds in the last 3 months.

A few days ago. We started to ask how ?

We know we work out every other day. We know we eat better.

What we did not understand is. What a calorie is. I started to do research.

I am a simple guy, so I found a way to make it simple. Now I hope it can help a few others.

A calorie is a measurement unit. For the amount of energy the body can get from a food.

Here is how I look at it. Your car needs gas, like your body needs food.

Your body burns the calories to keep you alive. Now the car only uses gas when the engine is running. Your body is always running , heart,lungs,brain functions . All use calories.

You can buy cheap gas for your car. It will burn, the car will run. But you will get lower performance ,And possibly deposits in the fuel system.

You can eat foods with calories that the body uses well. Or eat foods with empty calories that do you no good. We will talk about the different kinds later.


How Do You Loose Weight?

Most newer cars have a low fuel warning light. When your tank gets low, and the light comes on, you are running on the reserve. So you need fuel.

We all have at least some fat on our bodies. We also need fuel each day,in the form of food.

So if you need 2000 calories a day to keep your body healthy , and you eat or take in 3000, the extra 1000 is stored as fat. This is the same as the reserve fuel in you cars gas tank.

If you take in less than the 2000, your body will start to burn that fat to get the energy it needs.

If you drive your car down the road at 80 miles an hour, you burn more fuel than you do idling in the driveway.

If you exercise you burn more calories than when you sit on the couch.

So you get the other benefits of the exercise that we will mention later. You also help the weight loss by burning even more of the fat.

That is weight loss in a nut shell.

To Keep This Short And Sweet

Not all calories are created equal. Calories from things like sugar ,are called empty calories.

Things like soda pop. with high sugar content ,have a lot of calories. These calories go straight to fat. Your body gets very little use from them. Calories from protein your body can use more effectively. So eating 200 calories of protein,will do a lot less harm than 200 calories of sugar.

You can find so much info on exercise, I wont use a lot of your time on it. Just this.

Not only does it help burn calories, it also helps your heart. Your heart is a muscle. So exercising it helps to build it and make it strong.

I know It Is Simple

I know this is all very simplistic. But when I started to loose weight , I knew none of this.

This article is for those like me who are, just learning about this stuff.

I hope it can be of help to some one.

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Kashmir, Thanks a lot.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi bmcoll3278, very well written and explained hub,it's simply well done ! Big congrats to you and your wife for losing all that weight,keep up the good work !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !