Salvere Blog: The Calorie Conundrum

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Calorie — What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word calorie??  Write it down before you read on!

calorie creatures calories and personAccording to Merriam Webster, a calorie is “the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius” and “a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body”. 

How did you define it??

So often the discussion surrounding calories comes in the form of restriction or something weight loss oriented. In those conversations, we forget about what a calorie really measures.  A measurement of energy!!!  Imagine this — Say for instance, in order to drive 250 miles in your car, you need 10 gallons of gas.  There’s no gas station on the way.  Would you decide to drive that 250 miles by putting only 7.5 gallons in your tank instead??  Sounds kinda crazy doesn’t it?

Ever feel low energy in the afternoon or evening? Ever “run out of energy” during your workout? While several things come into play here, it could have something to do with your “fuel” intake! Think of your metabolism just like you do your car engine — All of us use energy all day long, even when we are sitting around doing nothing. Your car will not make it 250 miles on less fuel why would your body be able to survive on insufficient fuel??

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (410) 707-0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.
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