The Caloric Conundrum Part 1

In the realm of nutrition and health there is a lot of focus on counting the infamous calorie. This is really a hoot when it comes to shedding a few or more pounds for short or long term duration. I would like you to raise your hand if you have ever seen a calorie. No need to be shy since no one but yourself will see you unless you are not alone reading this. Anyhow it is not likely that you would unless of course you are getting a little ahead of me. What I mean by that is the impact of the calories you are consuming that can be agonizingly visible when they settle down on you in the wrong places.

It may seem strange that a thing which has no physical existence can make you fat. Especially in the consideration that a square inch has no flavor and neither has a calorie. You can’t touch a calorie any more than you can put your finger on a heat wave. It is as invisible as a fever. So then what in the world is it in the first place you may ask? That is simple enough; it’s a measuring unit of energy in terms of heat. Just consider it to be a thermal yardstick applied to the exchanges of energy in your body and to the foods that provide such energy.

In a furnace, coal gives off heat which could be measured in calories but is usually calculated according to a different yardstick called British Thermal Units. In you, food gives off heat measured in calories, one calorie being the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a pint of water 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Coal, if mixed with slate, does not give off very much heat. Some foods contain much water, inert fiber, and other nonburnable elements so that they do not yield much heat either.

Therefore the fact of the matter here is that you cannot judge, from the mere physical bulk of a meal, how much energy value it contains. It is possible to eat small-size meals and grow in-gloriously fat on them. That sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? While that may be so it is a matter of fact. The opposite is also possible, which is to eat meals of huge bulk and grow thin as a rail. The differences are matters of calories. But hold on to that thought folks.

Newsflash, while all calories are similar the impact that they have on your body are quite different. That is so considering that there are three different kinds. First I tell you small meals can make you fat and large ones can make you thin and now this. This guy is off his rocker, right. Well just stay with me a little more, especially since we will be wrapping up this first piece in our series on calories.
Now consider this, although any calorie represents the same amount of heat, it can be furnished by three very different types of food elements: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. And oh, the difference to you! Mere calorie-counting is futile when it really comes down to getting your weight properly in check. Why? That’s because, one kind of calorie is far more efficient as a weight-reducer than the other two kinds.

Are you ready to find out which one? If so you will have to stay with us on our journey to clear up this caloric conundrum and give you a little more sanity in keeping your ideal weight.