Do calories count? How many calories should I eat to lose weight? Shall I overload my calorie intake to bulk up?

These are commonly asked questions and cause a lot of confusion when you’re trying to get in shape.

Let’s explain a bit about calories and how they affect you.

A calorie: the energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

Now, you will hardly ever see the content of food displayed in calories… Bare with me! You will most likely see it displayed as:

 Calories (capital C) or kcal.  One Calorie/kcal = 1000 calories.

Don’t worry, you haven’t been massively over eating all this time… An apple has roughly 80 Calories/80000 calories… Get it?

Ok, moving on! Do calories count? YES! They do!

Lets break it down.. To lose weight you need to eat less calories than you burn and to gain weight, you will need to eat more calories than you burn. That simple right? WRONG!

If it was as easy as that, the whole world would have their perfect bodies! For example:

A 40g bowl of porridge will contain roughly 150 Calories.
40 Mcdonalds individual french fries will contain roughly 130 Calories.

Which one do you think will be better for you?

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