Not all calories are equal — a dietitian explains the different ways the kinds of foods you eat matter to your body

A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, at least from a thermodynamic standpoint. It’s defined as the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree Celsius (2.2 pounds by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). But when it comes to health and your body’s energy balance, not all calories are equal. For example, some studies have reported that diets that are high-protein, low-carbohydrate or a combination of the two do yield greater weight loss than diets with other levels of fat, protein and carbs. If every calorie in…

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7 Effective Workouts to Burn Calories

An hour of workout is important daily to be fit and healthy in our busy routine. It takes a lot to figure out which form of workout is the most beneficial and impactful for one’s body. One of the main reasons to workout is to be in shape and burn calories. However, most of us try and work on them without the guidance of a trainer or an instructor. One should know whether the form of workout picked helps in losing weight or not, or being carried out in the right…

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Eat Less Live Long: Cutting Down On Your Calories May Slow Ageing

Who doesn’t want to know the secret to long life? What we wouldn’t do to prevent those wrinkles and fine lines, which make the process of ageing so obvious. Ageing is inevitable, and it does dampen one’s spirit. While there are endless cosmetics products available in the market, each claiming to be a miracle formula to help you prevent signs of ageing or give you an youthful glow, the truth is that they can help only on the surface. If you want to slow down ageing naturally, you need to…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Calories

Metabolism refers to certain chemical reactions in our body that help in maintaining the health of cells and organisms. It’s easy to understand this. People with a high metabolism are able to burn more calories and lose weight more quickly. But you don’t always have to depend on exercise and training, there are some other factors that can speed up your metabolism and with less effort. A few months ago I got myself tested in the gym for fat percentage, BMI and the works. I was informed that my metabolism…

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Will drastically cutting calories help you live longer? Yes, say a bunch of extremely hangry monkeys.

NOT SHOVELING LOADS of food into your mouth is a guaranteed way to keep pounds off—but can limiting calories also keep you alive longer? Multiple studies over the past few years have hinted that it might. But it took a monkey race to finally get to the bottom of it. For years, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducted dueling experiments on monkeys to attempt to come up with a definitive answer. For example: In 2009, the Wisconsin team announced the results…

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How Many Calories Should You Eat: Use This Calculator

A large part of our fitness relies on the diet that we follow on a daily basis. Weight loss results from a complex mechanism of calories consumed and burned. BodyPower got in touch with fitness expert and online fitness coach Beth Trueman to demystify some of the most perplexing notions related to fitness. “Most people come and ask me the standard question, “How many calories should I consume”. There are many components to nutrition that affect the composition of our body. In most cases, if the basics are in place,…

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This Is Exactly How Cold Weather Helps Your Body Burn More Calories

This time of year is filled with opportunities to pack on extra pounds. Think Christmas cookies, eggnog, lazy days when your only exercise is shuffling from the couch to the fridge … you get the idea. But if you live in a cold-weather climate, you have at least one calorie-burning weapon in your holiday arsenal: that arctic blast that hits you when you step outside. Yup, cold temperatures can boost calorie burn. We already knew this, thanks to recent studies on brown fat and the hormone irisin, both of which are…

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Almonds Provide Fewer Calories Than Thought: Study

Both roasted and unroasted almonds provide fewer calories than previously estimated – and the amount of calories is largely dependent on the form of the dry fruit consumed, according to a new study. The study conducted by scientists from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that compared to the number of calories listed on nutrition labels, participants actually absorbed 25 per cent fewer calories from whole unroasted almonds and 19 per cent fewer calories from whole roasted almonds. David Baer and his team from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS)…

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Switching to Diet Soda Probably Won’t Help You Cut Calories

Photo: Getty Images Ditching sugary drinks is a smart move for your health, not to mention your waistline—an average can of soda packs in about 150 calories and 39 grams of sugar (that’s over 9 teaspoons). Switching to diet may not help your calorie-cutting efforts much, though: A new study suggests that at the end of the day, you’ll probably still consume the same number of total calories overall. Scientists are still learning exactly how are bodies and brains react to calorie-free sweeteners. To test the effects of different different…

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Lack of Sleep May Make You Eat More Calories

Sleep deprivation may make you munch on more calories the following day, potentially leading to weight gain and obesity, a new study has found. The study found that sleep-deprived people consumed an average of 385 kilo calories per day extra, which is equivalent to the calories of about four and a half slices of bread. The study, led by researchers at King’s College London, combined the results of 11 studies with a total of 172 participants. The analysis included studies that compared a partial sleep restriction intervention with an unrestricted…

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