Updated: Oct 28
When it comes to weight loss there is still one word that is always on everyone's lips....CALORIES. While calories are a hot topic, they are still not very understood. So today, I'm going to help you crack the calorie code to help you fall in love with them.
Let's begin with the most fundamental question: "What the heck are calories?"
What Are Calories?
At its core, a calorie is a unit of measurement for energy. It's the energy currency that fuels our bodies. Like a car runs on gas, imagine calories as the fuel that powers every heartbeat, every step you take, and every thought that crosses your mind.
How Are Calories Taken In by the Body?
When we talk about "taking in" calories, we're referring to the food and drinks we consume. Everything you eat and drink contains calories, from the apples and spinach in your salad to the cream or almond milk in your coffee. Each of these items carries a certain number of calories. It's like a tiny energy label on every food package.
How Are Calories Burned?
Now, let's explore the other side of the calorie equation: burning them. Your body is a magnificent, energy-burning machine. It uses calories to power all its functions, whether you're awake or asleep. From the energy needed to digest your meals to the effort required for your daily run, calories are the fuel that keeps your body running.
Emotional Weight of the Word "Calories"
Here's where things can get a bit complicated. For many, the word "calories" carries an emotional weight. It can be a source of stress, guilt, or even obsession. You might have heard people say, "I'm counting my calories" or "I ate too many calories today." This emotional charge often stems from the belief that calories are either the enemy, making you gain weight, or the savior, helping you lose it.
But let's remember that calories are neither a villain nor a hero. They're simply a unit of measurement. Your relationship with calories should be one of understanding, not fear. They're a tool to help you make informed choices about your nutrition and energy needs. Reframing this one thought about calories can be game changing to your weight loss journey.
Looking for Part 2 in this series? Check it out here.