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How much fattening each calorie and why are not all fattening the same

Do you know why not all calories are equal in weight? The truth is that depending on what macronutrient provides it and what is the food ingested, you will gain more or less weight. We will discover the reason for you.

Whenever you talk about a meal, especially if we follow a weight loss diet with the aim of reducing our weight, we tend to do it at the same time as we talk about the calories it provides.

Thus, for example, we talk about the calories provided by an apple, a piece of chorizo ​​or a portion of chocolate cake. But we do not stop to think about something fundamental: if in fact that food that we are going to consume is beneficial from a nutritional point of view, or is it rich in saturated fats and sugars.

As you surely know, the amount of recommended daily calories that a person should eat depends not only on their gender (that is, if they are male or female), but also on their physical complexion and the activity they perform. And the fact is that the kilocalories that an athlete should eat is not the same as those that a sedentary person who hardly practices physical exercise should consume.

In this sense, we must bear in mind that there is no exact relationship between the final number of calories that exceed the consumption of your body, and the final weight that it increases. Why? Very simple: because it is something that ultimately depends on the constitution, metabolism and genetics of each one.

What are calories?

A calorie is a unit of energy used to measure the energy content of the food we eat. Basically it allows us to have a range of possibilities that gives us the possibility of knowing which the most recommended foods to eat are, depending directly on the needs that our own body has at all times.

It is a product of the macronutrients that we need to obtain energy; so that, once out of these nutrients, the calories are transformed into kilocalories.

This energy is mainly provided by carbohydrates or carbohydrates, fats (around 9 calories per gram) and proteins (around 4 calories per gram).

Its energy value is the same; what changes is whether the body prefers to use calories that are in the form of fat rather than carbohydrates when it comes to obtaining energy. Therefore, depending on their origin, not all calories are equally fattening.

Let’s take an example: a cup of rice provides about 230 calories, while 2 large sausages provide the same amount. It is common for us to associate that both foods have the same effect on weight loss or gain, but in reality this is not the case: while the calories from sausages tend to make you fat, those from rice do not. Here we see how with the same amount of calories, rice tends to be much less fattening than sausages.

Not all calories are fattening in the same way

At this point it is more than evident that not all calories are equal in weight, in the same way. That is, our body does not tend to process the calories that, for example, a portion of cake gives us as those that a handful of almonds would give us, even when it appears to be the same number of calories.

The reason is more than obvious: if most of the calories we consume each day come from foods rich in sugars, our pancreas tends to secrete insulin more quickly, which causes the liver to transform excess glucose into fatty acids, which are integrated as triglycerides and finally are deposited as fat in our adipose tissue.

The key, as we see, is not how much we eat based on the calories in food, but what we eat. And it is that although the fruit also contains sugars in a natural way, this is clearly compensated by its contribution in fiber, which helps it to be absorbed more slowly.

Therefore: it is advisable to avoid soft drinks, sweets, industrial pastries, precooked foods, sugary juices and even certain sauces and cereals with sugar, and opt almost exclusively for fresher, natural and healthier foods.


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