Do You Know What a Calorie Really Is?

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Do You Know What a Calorie Really Is?

Marc David from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating explains that “a calorie is the measure of heat released when you burn something.” Thus, the caloric value of anything that can be burned can be measured. That means books, bicycles and breakfast toast all have caloric value.

The unspoken flaw in any weight loss system that’s based on calorie counting is the assumption that all people burn calories at an equal rate. Or even that one person always burns calories at a consistent rate.

The fact is, there are lots of variables that affect how calories are burned. Every person has a resting metabolic rate, the rate at which he or she burns calories when the body is at rest. But the rate at which a person burns calories changes throughout the day.

The time of day that calories are consumed can impact metabolic rate. Also, the relative balance among macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) impacts calorie burning rate. Other variables include hormonal balance, general health, environmental toxins, stress and prescription drug use. All these things impact metabolism, which is the rate at which a body burns calories. Some people’s bodies are simply more efficient at burning calories than others.

That’s why obsessing about calories is counterproductive. As Marc David explains, “When you let go of the stress and fear around calories, your metabolism starts to reach its natural place.”

As always, the nutritional support you receive when you are working with the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon will help you make healthy choices without obsessing about calories.

Author: Rebeca Espinoza

Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at rebeca@spatzmedical.com.

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