Are all calories the same?
If you have 300 calories left on a diet a day and you decide to eat 300 calories of chocolate/junk food/treat etc will that be different to spending them on some fruit/healthier food etc. Does it matter what types of foods the calories come from or is a calorie a calorie?
- Christin KLv 72 months ago
Basically you're correct--a calorie is a calorie. It's a unit of HEAT produced during metabolism.
BUT--an ounce of food is not like another ounce of food. Which is why simply counting calories is NO indication of how nutritious or beneficial food is. YES, it matters what the calories are from. YES it matters if the food is healthy.
For example: say you have a deadly peanut allergy. But you're starving, literally--you haven't eaten for a week. Do you eat peanuts because you need the CALORIES? no. Because consuming those calories will literally KILL YOU.
So you see, calories may all be the same chemically and scientifically, but food is not. That's why it matters what calories you do consume.
- 2 months ago
NOPE! 300 is 300. Do not let anyone tell you differently. WHAT you eat is NOT RELEVANT. There is no such thing as "healthy" food...it is ALL MARKETING.
- Emily RoseLv 62 months ago
If you wanna see your abs then yes it does matter what kind of food you eat. But if you just wanna get smaller and lose weight that way then a calorie is a calorie. There's a difference between trying to get skinnier and trying to lean out. When you're leaning out you eat clean all the time and when you're trying to get skinnier you can count calories and it doesn't matter as much where those calories come from because your goal is only eat a certain amount of food in order to lose weight. But to answer your question no not all calories are the same.
- Anonymous2 months ago
As far as weight loss is concerned, a calorie is a calorie. As far as your health is concerned, what you eat really matters.
One thing to consider with weight loss is how full food makes you. Eat 1500 calories of junk and you will likely be hungry. Eat 1500 calories of healthy food and you will be fuller which makes it easier to stick with 1500 calories.
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- PatriciaLv 72 months ago
Yes it matters. 300 calories of junk food is a great way to cause inflammation in your body, blood sugar spikes, etc.
300 calories of natural foods, like fish, meats, colorful vegetables are healthy sources of vitamins, minerals and they are extremely good for you.
- .Lv 72 months ago
They are different in that 300 calories of 'junk' provide energy but not nutrition. 300 calories of 'healthier' food provides nutrition for your body. Consider that your body needs a certain amount of macro and micro nutrients to do all the things it needs to do. A deficiency of certain nutrients can cause problems over time (some more quickly than others). For example, lack of potassium can lead to muscle cramps, and severe lack of it can lead to death (because the heart is a muscle).
So, for overall health, yes it matters what kinds of foods the calories come from. It's fine to consume 'junk' food on occasion, but realize that many types of junk foods tend to just trigger the desire for more so it can be difficult for many people to stop consuming them at a reasonable level.
Add to that, there should be no 'diet day' or 'diet' at all. Adopt a healthy eating lifestyle (which can absolutely include some 'junk' food). That's how people get to a healthy weight and stay that way. No temporary diets, no counting calories. By adjusting your eating to be 80% (at least) healthy, whole foods, and no more than 20% other types of foods, a manageable eating lifestyle can be maintained and there's no need to worry about what that 300 calories of food should contain.
- MamawidsomLv 72 months ago
Yes and no. There are a few things to consider:
1. Any calories eaten will either be used by your body within an hour of two of eating or those calories will be stored as fat. At that level it really won't matter whether you eat salmon, ice cream, or apples.
2. The volume of a 300 calorie serving can be significantly different depending on the calories in the food. For example, 300 calories of salad greens is over 30 cups (without dressing), but 300 calories of nut butter is just 3 tablespoons.
3. Foods high is sugar and carbs (and fruit is high in fructose) will spike your blood sugar and insulin.
4. Dessert foods and foods high is processed carbohydrates have very little nutritional value. That noted, banana or a sweetened cereal with milk isn't significantly better than the ice cream sundae.
- SlickterpLv 72 months ago
In terms of the energy it supplies, yes kind of all the same. In terms of the actual nutrients those calories come from, big difference.
- PetterLv 72 months ago
A calorie is a calorie, no matter what. What is different is the nutrional value, and the difference in fulness you will feel. 300 calories of for example carrots will make you feel more full and have more nutrion, than say 300 calories of chocolate.
- geezerLv 72 months ago
If you are JUST talking about ''CALORIES'' then
calories are calories, whatever they come from .. Yes
BUT, there are about 500+ calories in 100g of chocolate
as opposed to 50 calories in 100g of apple
and just 5 calories in 100g of celery.
So you can eat more of the healthy stuff
AND there is more than just calories to consider.