A Calorie is a Calorie, Really ?


For many years , I believed that I can lose weight by eating lesser calories than what my body can burn. I thought its all about calorie calculation. I admit , I was so wrong ! A calorie is NOT a calorie. Let me simplify.

Let’s take carbohydrate, fat and protein in the same number of calories. These are indeed equal in terms of their energy content. But they do not have the same effects on our body. Our body processes carbohydrate , fat and protein in a different way, hence their effect on our body is different. Let’s see how are they different –

Our body processes the food we consume and it needs energy to digest and process the food. The amount of energy required to metabolize or burn fat, carbs and protein is different. More energy is required to process protein than carbs. This means that 1000 calories a day from high protein diet adds fewer calories to the body than 1000 calories high carb diet. Hence proved :D.

Therefore, 1 calorie from pudding is NOT equal to 1 calorie from fruit.

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The entire calorie counting system is defective. You can never lose weight by consuming less calories. You can lose weight by consuming fewer calories from carbohydrates.

I am not saying don’t count calories at all. I certainly do count calories! I count calories that I am consuming from fat , carbs and protein.  I use an online calorie counting tool to make sure I am eating in proportion. It helps me to be more disciplined in my eating habits.

The fast carbs gets digested rapidly and cause high blood sugar. They make us hungrier soon and we crave and end up eating more carbs. It’s a never ending vicious circle.

Eat more calories from fat. Fats keep us full and we don’t crave soon. Eat more calories from protein; it helps our body in never ending ways.

The post on the calorie counting tool coming soon !



    • It all boils down to eating low calorie or low carb fibrous food. Any case one who can control the mind wins. 🙂 All these negative calorie foods are low calorie high fiber food and what we eat on a very low carb(veg) diet is high calorie but high fiber which brings down Net Carb values —- isn’t it?

      • True 🙂 . I can bet not everyone knows what net carbs means.
        I have a friend who argues with me that my double cheese omelette is equivalent to her maggi since they are almost the same calories ! I did not wish to argue, so I said yes go ahead, enjoy your maggie 😛
        This gives me an idea to do a post on explaining net carbs and amount of net carbs on foods that we eat on low carb diet. what’s say 🙂 ?

        • great must do it—- what a relief it is to how many net carbs you have consumed— and you realise you are well within your limit— Thanks to the fiber content in food. 🙂

  1. Hi thanks for the info.
    But I have a doubt regarding calorie and carbs. in terms of micro nutrients. what should be the percentage of carbs ,fat and protein ratio for weight loss?
    Lets say , I have 165 pounds of weight.
    my daily calorie intake is almost 1600-1800,
    with this diet , I am getting almost 150-160 gm proteins, almost same amount of carbs, and fat is almost 70 to 100gms.
    Can I lose fat with this diet?
    some where I read that cutting calorie wont make you ripped. How can I burn the carbs which already stored in my body?

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