Calorie Content of Foods

The Calorie Content of Foods

When people are on a diet, the first thing they want to know is how to count the calorie content in the food they are eating. Most people don’t realize this but there are 2 classes of calories. The small calories or the gram calories, these are the calories that guesses the energy that is needed to increase the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. A large calorie or the kilogram calorie, this guesses the energy that is needed to increase the water temp of 1 kg of water.

Dieters will read the food label or the nutritional information the packages of the foods they eat. They will first look at the top of the label and find the calories and then they write in their journal to add up to a number of daily calories they have chosen for themselves. The calories content in food energy that is available through digestion. Taking into consideration those calories may be high based on the type of food you eat.

The recommended daily energy intake or caloric intake should be 2500 for teenagers, 2000 for men and women. The amount of calories should be taken into consideration when children and seniors are involved because they require less energy and people who are more active should be taking in more calories.

Calories, fat and cholesterol and all of those good things you see on a nutritional label are all intertwined. There are about 3500 calories in one pound of fat. If you take in 3500 calories more than what your body needs then scientifically you will gain a pound of fat. But if you manage to burn 3500 calories then you will lose a pound of fat. This information is based on the fact the weight that you have gained is not muscles but fat.

That is why they say people who are physically active should eat more because they work more of it off. You should not lower your calories and work out until you burn 3500 calories but lower your calories in moderation. Most experts and diets will tell you it is ok to lessen your caloric intake to about 1300-1400 for women and 1500 to 1800 for men.

Exercise helps burns off the calories you are taking in. If you are supposed to eat 1200 calories on a diet and you end up eat only 1000 and you are exercising on a daily basis you will lose weight. Keep in mind that some calories may be similar but they aren’t equal. For example a lifesaver candy has 10 calories and a grape has 6.

But if you constantly eat lifesavers you may gain weight but if you eat the same amount of grapes and more chances are you will not. Grapes do not contain sugar or fat like lifesavers do. So when you are counting calories in food content keep in mind the food you are eating as well as what could be better for you in the long run.