What is A Calorie?

What is a calorie? How much calories are there in food? How many calories are there in 1 lb of fat? Everything you need to know about calories!

You’ve probably heard people talking about calories, and how much calories are there are in food.

What are calories?

We tend to associate calories with food, but a calorie is a unit of energy. Believe it or not they apply to anything containing energy (e.g. a gallon (4Liters) of gasoline is about 31.000 calories)

By definition a ‘calorie’ is the energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius.

How many calories do I need per day?

In general an adult body needs at least 1000 to 1400 to have enough energy to fuel key organs like the brain, this number of calories is called the resting metabolic rate (RMR) and it varies greatly depending on age, weight, sex, physical activity and muscle mass.
but you still going to need energy to  be active, this extra energy typically amounts to about 400 to 600 additional calroies per day.

The bottom line – In total you’re going to need around 2000 calories a day.

How many calories are there in 1 lb of fat?

In order to gain 1 lb of body fat, you’re going to need to consume around 125 extra calories everyday for a whole month, in other words you need to consume around 3500 extra calories to gain 1 lb of fat and vice versa.

How much workout does it take to burn off calories?

This number varies greatly, but you can use an online ‘calorie burn calculator’ to get an estimated number of how much you burn during a certain activity.

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