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How many calories in a pound of fat?

Updated on December 8, 2013

What exactly is a 'Calorie' and how do they work?

According to the dictionary, a calorie is defined as; The energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C (now usually defined as 4.1868 joules)..

Um, who really cares? That really isn't exactly helpful is it? Lets look at it this way;

A Calorie, is a unit of energy. Just like a gallon of gasoline to a car, is a unit of energy. The more gas that is in your tank, the further you will be able to go. Think of it as a similar scenario. The more calories you take in, your body converts to energy, which is what fuels ALL of your bodily functions. This explain why it is so important to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the occasional snack throughout the day, to stop your tank from hitting E, so to speak.

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How many calories are in a pound of fat?

Unless you are in absolutely perfect shape, I am sure that the thought has crossed your mind before as to, how easy or how hard it can be to lose weight.

It can actually be broken down into a very simple and easy to follow structure.

A pound of fat contains approximately 3,550 calories. (Doesn't really seem like too much right?)

3500 calories, if broken down, you are able to very safely, and very efficiently, lose 1 pound of body fat per week, simply by dieting and cutting out 500 calories per day. Breaking that down even further, you are able to lose 48lbs in 1 year simply by watching what you eat, and counting calories, only a little.

How do 'Fat burners' work?

Fat burning supplementation help the body burn fat by increasing its Thermogenics, pretty much the level of body heat throughout your body. Due to this, your body is using more calories to function, because it is burning them at a faster rate. Also, to help cool your body down, it is also burning calories in the process.

So as we discussed above, due to the calorie deficit of -500 calories per day for a week to allow yourself to lose 1lb per week. In conjunction with a fat burner, this can be doubled.

Appetite suppressants work phenomenally well in these situations due to your body being used to the higher consumption of calories or food in general, that you can stop your body or your mind from craving food just out of habit and not necessity.

Just a side note; Fat burners are helpful and DO actually work, they are extremely noticeable in a diet that consists of exercise because it accelerates results. Look at it this way; If you are sitting around and not exercise, the pills WILL accelerate your results, but only on a scale that would consist of you eating in a caloric deficit. So it will still be slow, however, will yield results.

What else do I need to know?

Now, Fats in food have the highest concentration of calories, approximately nine calories per gram of pure fat. Carbohydrates and proteins each have approximately four calories per gram of pure protein or pure carbohydrate. Alcohol, has approximately seven calories per gram

Understanding the differences between different calorie containing foods or beverages will help you manage your diet and balance out your calories to help you attain your weight loss goal.

Knowing what you know now, now you can find out the calories in foods by looking at the nutritional facts table found on all packages of processed foods, chips, candy, you name it (Some restaurants even have a table for their entrees now.) They will all have the number of calories per serving and the portion size per serving, amongst other values located on the table. By using these tools, you can help yourself estimate how many calories you're taking in per day to help you stay under a certain amount of calories to help you reach your goal.

(Bottom line, now you know which calories, or foods to avoid more so than others.)

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