No doubt you’ve heard about calories (more accurately, kilocalories) enough times before. But what are calories, exactly? And which foods are the highest in calories? We’ve got the answers – and printable calorie charts to back them up!
What Are Calories?
Calories are the energy you give your body through the food you eat — basically, the fuel you need to breathe, walk, exercise, and even sleep. In science, a calorie is the amount of energy needed to heat 1 liter of water by 1°C. Basically, one calorie is the amount of energy it takes to heat a liter of mineral water up from 19° C to 20° C.
The amount of calories in something tells you how much energy it will give you. A pizza, for example, contains 800 calories, whereas a bowl of pumpkin soup contains only 350 calories. That great Italian classic will technically give you much more energy.
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Are All Calories the Same?
“Eating too many sweets leads to weight gain.” There’s something to that old saying. Sweets and fast food are particularly high in energy. If you consume more energy than you spend, you may gain weight, no matter whether you’re eating candy or oatmeal. However, if you don’t consume enough calories, you will lose weight and your body won’t have enough energy to carry out all kinds of metabolic processes.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that all calories are the same, though. A chocolate bar may have the same caloric value as a smoothie with nuts and oats, but that doesn’t mean they’ll both have the same effects on your body. Many chocolate bars contain a high amount of sugar and fat, which enter the bloodstream quickly, cause the body to produce more insulin and store more fat – most noticeable in your hips and belly.
Not to mention, a chocolate bar won’t keep you satisfied nearly as long as a smoothie. That’s because smoothies are filled with complex carbohydrates and fiber from oatmeal and fresh fruit, which takes longer for your body to absorb and prevents your blood sugar levels from rising too quickly, keeping you feeling full for hours.
In general, what counts is the amount of calories you’re eating, because you’d gain weight if you drank too many smoothies, too. Spreading your calorie needs equally across the days’ meals and snacks will set you up for a balanced and healthy diet.
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Calorie Calculation: This is how much energy you need!
In order to find out how much energy your body needs on a daily basis, you have to calculate how much energy your body is using. Your basal metabolic rate is the energy your body uses even when at rest (yup, even when you’re chilling on the couch). Want more on that? Check out our guide to NEAT. Additional energy that you need for physical activities is called your energy expenditure.
Everyday Products: Calorie Chart
Wondering how many calories are in an egg, or an apple? Our calorie chart breaks down everything you need to know.
Don’t forget that calories can vary depending on the portion size you’re eating and the way the food is prepared.
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Weight Loss Calorie Chart
If you want to lose weight, your body needs to burn more calories than it gets. Your weight loss doesn’t depend on cutting out one single food, but rather on a moderate calorie deficit over a longer time period. We recommend you make sure you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as eating a higher volume of food, and with a high fiber content, with a lower calorie content. This calorie chart has some of the foods we recommend.
WEIGHT LOSS CALORIE CHART
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